Eye doctor leaves truck and trailer alongside Montana road and vanishes

Dr. Patrick Fitzpatrick, 74, a retired Bismarck, North Dakota ophthalmologist was last seen in Bozeman, Montana on July 2.  A surveillance video caught Fitzpatrick walking at 9:51 in the morning in Bozeman.  Later his vehicle and camper trailer were found stuck in a muddy pea field south of Willow Creek in the Three Forks area, reported Bismarck Tribune.  Authorities believe Fitzpatrick likely caught a ride.

 “From where the vehicle is stuck there are many different directions he could go.  He’s  actually stuck in what’s called a pea field.  It’s very difficult to walk through that that field was searched extensively by helicopter and you would have been able to see if someone walked through there.  There’s a two-track road that he drove in on and possibly walked out on,” Lt. Greydanus told KBZK.

Fitzpatrick was known to take regular trips to Montana to take pictures and he would stay at the Rainbow Motel in Bozeman.  On July 2, he booked a room, but never showed up.

The truck and trailer were found alongside the road, and his van
was found parked in Bozeman

Fitzpatrick has difficulty walking and he left his heart medication in the truck. 

Police received a tip that Fitzpatrick was seen in Madison County on July 4 at a celebration at the volunteer fire department in Harrison, Mont.  Police went to the area but did not find him. 

Fitzpatrick speaks with an Irish accent and he lives in Bismarck with his wife.  He did have a cell phone but told his wife he lost it during their last phone conversation. 

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