Tips sought to find Detroit man missing a month

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit police are seeking tips from the public to find a 27-year-old man missing for more than a month who is prone to “violent outbursts directed at animals and children.”

Patrick Callahan’s guardian said she last saw him Feb. 1 at their home in the 17500 block of Coyle on the west side.

Dorene Brown, who was appointed his caretaker in 2008, said Callahan had briefly fled to a former neighbor’s home in Highland Park on Jan. 29 but she brought him back to Detroit the next day. Within 72 hours, after packing some belongings, he left again while his guardian went to pick up a relative.

Callahan requires daily medication and constant supervision for several mental health issues, Brown said. Police described him as having “severe violent outbursts directed at animals and children.”

Though he has run off in the past, Callahan, who is unemployed, “will come back and get his medicine,” Brown said. “He’s never been gone this long.”

Since Callahan is known to return to Highland Park, Brown has searched there continuously and turned to city police for help.

A detective told her Callahan had been spotted sometime last month around a resale shop he frequents. Meanwhile, his friends and acquaintances have not heard from him, Brown said. “I don’t know where he’s at.”

As the weeks pass, Brown fears he could harm himself or others. “He needs his medication and he needs to be found so he can be treated,” she said.

Callahan is described as a white male, 5-foot-7, 150 pounds, with reddish-brown hair, brown eyes and a thin mustache.

Anyone who has seen him or knows his whereabouts is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-1240 or (313) 596-2221.