Elderly man missing from Fort Collins home

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — An 83-year-old man was reported missing out of Fort Collins on Sunday, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said.

John Sprackling was last seen about noon Saturday from the 2000 block of Sherell Drive in Fort Collins.


Sprackling is 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes. He recently had been wearing blue sweatpants and slip-on shoes.

A neighbor reported that Sprackling was seen driving away from his home in a red or maroon 1998 Mercury Mountaineer with Colorado license plates 165-LOS.

The vehicle has a white Longs Pond Association sticker on the rear window and possibly a Crystal Lake sticker in the same area.

There is also a small dent on the driver’s side of the rear bumper.

Family members reported it is not like Sprackling to leave his home or family for more than a couple of hours, and he does not have any known medical conditions that would contribute to his absence.

His cellphone was left at his home.

Deputies have checked Sprackling’s cabin in Red Feather Lakes and have contacted law enforcement in Wisconsin where he also owns property.

The criteria have not been met to issue a Silver Alert but anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sprackling is asked to call the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 or their local law enforcement agency.

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