Family still searching for missing father

Posted at 11:17 AM, Oct 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 07:38:51-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Lee County father of two is still missing two weeks after his family said he left for a doctor's appointment in Fort Myers on September 13th.

66-year-old Kevin Close called his family from his home in the Palms of Monterrey in Fort Myers and told them his appointment was four miles away. Forty minutes later, he called them from Naples saying he was lost. His family helped guide him over the phone back to I-75 North, but Close became lost again and after he passed his exit at Daniels Parkway. That was the last time his family heard from him.

His daughter, Alexis Close, said the Lee County Sheriff's Office pinged his cell phone off of Tuckers Grade in Charlotte County, but since then, his phone's been off.

His daughter said there's no trace of a credit card, his car or his cell phone.

Alexis said, "It's a pretty big hole in our family without him around."

Her and her brother Zach began searching for him and are now putting flyers all around Southwest Florida with pictures of his face and car, hoping for some answers.

"There's no reason for me to stop. There's no reason for me to give up. There's no reason for me to start thinking the worst," Close said.

Three years ago, Alexis said Close hit his head, which caused a brain bleed. Since then, Close said he's been forgetful and could easily get lost.

66-year-old Kevin Close has a horseshoe shaped scar on his nose. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and khaki shorts. He was driving in a 2017 Gold 4-door Honda Accord with the license plate number Y14PGF. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office immediately.