NC Man Walks Out Of Hospital, Still Missing

The search is on for a Wilmington man police say walked out of a hospital two weeks ago and hasn't been seen since.

Royal Avery Cannon Jr., age 45, was transported by EMS to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Friday night, January 8.

Police say he apparently walked away from the emergency room before being admitted. No one has heard from him since that evening.

A close friend reported him missing on January 15.

Police say Cannon was last seen wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt, khaki pants and blue and white tennis shoes. He had no money or cell phone with him when he disappeared.

Anyone who has seen Cannon is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600.


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  • by casey on Jan 25, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    Thank you Earl, This is my best friends FATHER. It's not a joke. How would you people feel if it was your own. Don't even get me started on my opinion of NHRMC.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 25, 2010 at 02:19 PM
    Thanks for helping me understand how this ENS/Hospital thing. Annoyed, I hope you have a better day.
  • by EARL Location: Greenville on Jan 25, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    I hope that this man is found safe. As for the people up here complaining about services @ the ER. STOP going for stupid stuff like ear aches & ingrown toe nails. STOP using the ER as a family DR b/c you dont have health ins & can't pay to see a dr in a dr's office. THATS WHY PEOPLE WITH REAL INJURIES HAVE TO WAIT SOOOOOOO LONG TO BE SEEN IS B/C OF PEOPLE WHO COME IN FOR STUPID CRAP. So the next time you have to headache or something minor take over the counter meds stay home & go to a primary dr or urgent care not the local ER
  • by ED Nurse Location: ENC on Jan 25, 2010 at 04:38 AM
    To Anonymous,, Thanks for the needed instruction ", than someone should have been with this man at ALL TIMES. " If you will PLEASE post your name and cell number I am certain that the ED Charge Nurse will be glad to call you the next time a sitter is needed for a confused patient.
  • by Annoyed Location: Pitt County on Jan 24, 2010 at 05:45 PM
    Excuse me, Cactus, but obviously you know little about the duties of EMS workers. My husband is a Fire-EMS worker and no where does it say that EMS workers are "responsible" for patients once they have been transported and released in custody of the hospital. There are policies in place with how patients are released to the hospital. I'm sure the article did not say that the man got off the EMS unit and walked away. EMS workers deal with so much useless riff-raff on a nightly basis which take away from those who truly need emergency services, it is astounding! To place the blame on EMS for this person leaving is ridiculous. Seems you know little about how hard these men and women work and what their responsibilities are. A patient is not just dropped off, while the EMS unit drives away waving and tooting their horn. An EMS worker stays w/the patient until the patient is released to the hospital's care. It would be very interesting to see at what angle you are able to blame the EMS.
  • by Stick Location: Greenville on Jan 24, 2010 at 05:08 PM
    Anonymous, I couldnt agree with you more. The problem with the ER is not in its intentions. It is probably the most abused facilities in regards to health care by people in our society. Drug seekers, tooth aches, ingrown toe-nails, etc, ALL make their way into the ER, which is NOT what the ER is intended for. Usually the people that complain of the wait times are at the ER for one or two of those reasons listed above as ALL ER's do not recognize your wait time as a priority. If someone comes in that needs EMERGENCY care, they get first priority over the person waiting 3 hours because of their poor tooth ache that they have had for 3 weeks, but never made it around to getting to a dentist office.. Go figure?
  • by A Reply for Cactus on Jan 24, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    IF the EMS released this man to the emergency dept. he was no longer EMS responsibility.
  • by Stick on Jan 24, 2010 at 05:02 PM
    Uhh, cactus.. Once the patient arrives at the hospital EMS has nothing to do with wether the patient stays or not. Actually the hospital can't even hold the man against his will unless the Doctor issues a Certificate of Physican or someone takes out a involuntary comittment order issued by a magistrate. It is a free country after all, we don't have to forcefully seek treatment for every little thing.
  • by Casey Location: Hampstead on Jan 24, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    i hope he's found.. That's my best friends Father. please everyone keep a look out for him
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 24, 2010 at 02:17 PM
    Why was this man transported by the EMS to a local hospital, and then allowed to walk out, where was the EMS, he was their responsibility. So, EMS what do you have to say?
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