Troy “T.K.” Nelms is a Korean War veteran suffering from Alzheimer’s dementia who, while pushing a wheelchair, walked out of a locked Alzheimer’s unit, with no one noticing, at Paragon Gardens in Mission Viejo on June 5, 2006.
Troy Nelms suffers from Alzheimers and had hip surgery a few weeks prior to his disappearance. He was living in the Paragon Gardens Board and Care Home since December 31, 2005. Troy Nelms was last seen by an employee on June 5, 2006 at 0530 hrs in his room. By 0630 hours, he was gone. A search was conducted for him by use of bloodhounds, helicopters, and Deputies, with negative results. Troy has no history of running away. His wife, Denise Nelms, manages all of his finances and Troy has no cash or credit cards available to him. Denis last saw him on May 27, 2006 when she visited him at the home. Nelms possibly got out of the home through a faulty door that is supposed to be alarmed, but may not have been functioning at the time.
Troy Nelms is 71 years old as of the date he went missing in June 2006. Troy Nelms is 5 feet 6 inches tall to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 160-165 pounds. Troy has a receding hairline and thin hair. His hair color is gray or partially gray. Troy Nelms has blue eyes and wears glasses. Troy Nelms has a metal pin in one of his ankles and a tattoo of star on one ear and an Anchor on the other ear. Troy’s Military ID # tattooed on right calf. Troy has other tattoos (unknown description) on his left forearm and right bicep.
Troy Nelms served in the U.S. Navy for twenty years as a gunner’s mate, including river patrol in Vietnam. When he left the service in 1971, he continued to work as a civilian missile mechanic.
Troy Nelms was last seen wearing a dark blue sweatshirt, slippers, medical alert bracelet and was not wearing his glasses at the time he went missing.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Troy Nelms, contact the Santa Ana Police Department, Investigator Voght, at 714-647-7051 (NamUs MP # 14172)