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Search for missing doctor continues into second week

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Last pictures available of Fitzpatrick, taken in Bozeman, July 3, 2015 Last pictures available of Fitzpatrick, taken in Bozeman, July 3, 2015
BOZEMAN -

Authorities are asking for help locating a doctor who's still not been found - and now been missing for two weeks. 

Dr. Patrick Fitzpatrick of Bismarck, North Dakota was last seen near Bozeman the week of July 4. Pictures were taken of him on July 2 at an ATM at US Bank on East Main Street in Bozeman.

Lieutenant Arlyn Greydanus with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office tells us the doctor was possibly seen on the 4th of July at the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department, but those interviewed could not provide a mode of transportation or direction of travel after he was supposedly seen there.

Authorities received a report on July 4 of an abandoned vehicle south of Willow Creek, which was later identified as Fitzpatrick's car. Gallatin County search and rescue scoured the area surrounding the vehicle.

Greydanus says the 74-year-old suffers from medical conditions that require medicine and could suffer from confusion. He also struggles with walking great distances and walks slowly, but is believed to have possibly gotten a ride from the area where his car was abandoned.

"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 said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office at 406-582-2100 or the Madison County Sheriff's Office at  406-843-5301.

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