Missing Flint Man Found Dead

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At 10:50 p.m. Friday, the Grand Rapids Police Department and relatives confirm to FOX 17 NEWS that Bob Farthing’s body had been found in his vehicle, which was parked in a hotel parking lot near the East Beltline and I-96 in Grand Rapids.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A grandfather from Flint has disappeared after making a trip to Grand Rapids. Police said that 78-year-old Robert Farthing disappeared Wednesday afternoon.

Farthing’s family said that he suffers from depression and had recently stopped taking his medication, which they say can cause him to suffer memory loss.

Farthing’s family said that he dropped his wife off at Blodgett Hospital to visit a family member inside, and was expected to come right back, but never showed up.

“He said he was hungry, and he was going to go down the street to McDonald’s and grab a bite to eat,” said Farthing’s daughter Denise Shaheen.

Farthing’s family is spread out across the state, both in Grand Rapids and Flint, looking for any sign of the grandfather.

“We are concerned that his medications haven’t been kept up, that he might be confused or disoriented, not sure what to do or where to go,” said Farthing’s son Bob Farthing.

The family said that each tip of a possible sighting brings them hope, and they continue to follow leads on social media. On Friday, the family said they have received several tips in the Flint area.

Farthing is described as 5’11, 270 pounds, wearing a white shirt, black pants and black hat. He was driving a white 2005 Buick LaCrosse with Michigan handicap plate 5798G2.    If you have any information on his whereabouts, you are asked to call police at (616) 456-3400.

**The family is organizing a search group for Saturday. Anyone wishing to help in the search is asked to meet at Aquinas College at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. **

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  • Cari W

    Everyone else is saying he dropped his wife off at Butterworth, not Blodgett. Which is true. How can this error get through editing?

  • Tracy

    From the start they said Spectrum/Blodgett. hospital.Then tips say he was seen in they flint area but he was found in the backseat in the back parking lot of a hotel?All this does not add up as dont they have video cameras in Hotel parking lots?also it has been snowing so they would have been plowing the lots and it seems to me if he pulled in got out climbed in the back seat the motel/hotel people would have seen it or have record of it. Any way it happened is a very sad day for the family.Hopefully they get it resolved and find out what happened and put the family at peace.