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Missing dementia patient killed in crash

The case of a missing Detroit man with dementia ended in tragedy Tuesday, when he was killed in a one-car crash near Howard City.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, a resident called 911 about 2:28 a.m. December 4, to report the sound of a car horn sounding nonstop in the area of M46 and Amy School Road, in Reynolds Township. When police responded to the scene, they found a one-vehicle crash.

Police said the driver, James Odell Clemons, 74, of Detroit, was traveling WB on M-46, in a 2010 Ford Flex, when he drove over two sets of warning rumble strips and through a stop sign, where he collided with a large dirt embankment on the other side of the intersection. The victim was in critical condition at the scene and transported to Butterworth Hospital, where he later died.

Family members had reported Clemons missing to Detroit Police on Monday, December 3, and said he was a dementia patient. Detroit Police was notified of the crash and made contact with family members to notify them.

Montcalm County EMS and the Montcalm County Sheriff Department assisted at the scene.

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