Found Deceased TX - Rickey Lee Rowlett, 56, Harlingen, 4 Nov 2021 *disappeared from hospital*

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Family continues searching for missing Weslaco man (krgv.com)

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Rickey Lee Rowlett, was last seen leaving Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen on Thursday, Nov. 4.
  • GR said her husband was in the hospital to be treated for cirrhosis of the liver.
  • He was on several medications and was supposed to be watched constantly in case of a fall or injury.
  • "He was just confused, and he kept asking ‘What else are they going to do to me?’” GR said.
  • GR said she went to wash her hands and when she returned, she saw him walking toward another aisle with staff behind him.
  • "A few minutes later, they show up by themselves and I told them, 'Where's Ricky?' and they're like, 'Oh, ma'am, once he walks outside of the building, we're not responsible for him no more.'"
  • Rickey Lee was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, no shirt and yellow hospital socks.
  • He is a white male with brown hair and eyes, weighing 155 lbs with a height of 5’11.
Those with information on Rowlett’s whereabouts are urged to call the Harlingen Police Department at 956-216-5400.
 

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  • "A few minutes later, they show up by themselves and I told them, 'Where's Ricky?' and they're like, 'Oh, ma'am, once he walks outside of the building, we're not responsible for him no more.'"
This is shocking. A patient with confusion walks outside and they just turn away and wash their hands of him.
 

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He was being treated for cirrhosis of the liver, which is often caused by alcoholism. It’s a sad truth, that people with substance abuse issues are often treated as worthless by medical professionals and law enforcement.

This reminds me of the case in California where a woman went missing from a hospital room and was found deceased in a stairwell weeks later.

RIP…prayers for all who loved him.
 
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