Update: Missing Jacksonville Man Found Alive, Ok

A concerned citizen recognized the man from news reports, called police and then stayed with him until police arrived.

A call to Jacksonville Police from a concerned citizen has resulted in locating 61- year old Phillip Collins, who was reported missing yesterday.

Just after noon Friday, Jacksonville Police officers responded to a report that Collins was seen in the vicinity of Hardees and the Wal-Mart Garden Center at Western Boulevard Extension.

Police say that caller, Toro Matthews, was on his lunch break when he spotted Collins, whom he recognized from news reports, and immediately called 911.

Police say Matthews spoke to Collins and stayed with him until officers arrived.

Officers say Collins was in good condition and his family picked him up from the scene.


A silver alert has been issued for a missing Jacksonville man.

Authorities are searching for 61-year-old Phillip Collins. Police say Collins has not been seen since yesterday, when he left his son's home in the Sherwood Forest area. He was walking, not driving.

Police report Collins suffers from cognitive issues that may have caused him to become disoriented and wander away from home.

He is described as 5'10" and approximately 240 pounds. Police say he has long white hair, is bald on the top, has a white beard and tattoos on both forearms.

Collins was last seen wearing a green ball cap, jeans, a black coat and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call (910)938-6405.

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  • by Anonymous Location: enc on Dec 28, 2010 at 02:24 PM
    Thanks to Mr.Matthews a loved father made it home safely. I thank that deserves a big THANK YOU. If any thing like that were to happen to me I hope some one like Mr.Mattews is around. You have my respect
  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2010 at 07:28 AM
    He is hanging out with Peter Gabriel.

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