Authorities search for missing 79-year-old man

A Silver Alert has been issued for John Wesley Churchill, 79.  He was last seen at his Fruitland Park residence at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.   Authorities say Churchill suffers from dementia, is currently on medication for diabetes and uses oxygen.  The medication and the oxygen tank were left at his residence.

Churchill is believed to be driving a blue 1985 Ford Econoline van bearing the tag 9484JB with a spare tire mounted on the rear door.  His clothing description is unknown; however he may be wearing a hat which reads, "I love Jesus."  Special attention should be given to the Polk County and Hardee County areas.   Please notify the Lake County Sheriff's Office at (352) 343-2101 with any information regarding the whereabouts of John Wesley Churchill.