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Update: Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 -- Carrollton police searching for a missing grandfather and his two grandchildren have tracked the family to Chicago-- and they may be still on the move.

William Gomez, 57, told family members at about 2 p.m. Sunday that he was taking his 7-year-old grandson, Marcus Gomez, and his 8-year-old granddaughter, Dominique Gomez, to one of two locations: Rhoton Park in Carrollton or Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville.

The family reported him and the children missing at about 8 p.m. after they did not return home.

Family members said Gomez has memory loss.

"Mr. Gomez has a medical illness that causes memory loss, so we're very concerned for him and also for the children," police spokeswoman Nicole Rodriguez said.

Police said Gomez's debit card was used at a Sears in Paducah, Ky., at about 6:30 p.m. Monday to buy children's underwear. Authorities there said Gomez had his grandchildren with him and asked for directions back to Dallas.

Earlier, police said Gomez's bank account was accessed from Little Rock, Ark., early Monday morning and his credit card was used at a gas station in Troy, Tenn., at about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

On Tuesday, Carrollton police said recent debit card activity showed Gomez had turned north and was in the northwest corner of Indiana.

Around 10:50 a.m., Carrollton police said they had information Gomez was in Chicago, Illinois.

Police have notified authorities around the last known locations in both Indiana and Illinois.

"At this point, we don't think there's any foul play, it's just possible he doesn't know where he is or where he needs to be," Rodriguez said Monday.

Highway signs were activated in Texas on Monday to ask drivers to be on the lookout for William Gomez and his grandchildren. They were last seen in a white Jeep Grand Cherokee with Texas license plate DH1 Y337. Police said Gomez doesn't have his cellphone with him.

Anyone with information about the missing family should contact Carrollton police.

"We just hope he's OK and my grandkids are OK, but I know my husband," said Maria Gomez, his wife. "He's probably still driving. Wherever he's going, he's going forward."

Family members said the sightings are a positive development.

"We have a lot of people praying," Maria Gomez said. "Everybody who comes [says], 'What can we do for you?' Pray for us; pray for our kids; pray for my husband."

 


 

(NBC DFW) -- Carrollton police are searching for a missing grandfather and his two grandchildren, but now believe the family may have traveled beyond Texas.

According to the Carrollton Police Department, the grandfather's bank account was accessed from Little Rock, Arkansas early Monday morning. Carrollton police have contacted Arkansas authorities.

Around 2 p.m. Sunday, 57-year-old William Gomez told family members he was taking his 7-year-old grandson, Marcus Gomez, and his 8-year-old granddaughter, Dominique Gomez, to one of two locations: Rhoton Park in Carrollton or Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville.

The grandfather, William Gomez, has been described by the family as suffering from memory loss.

"Mr. Gomez has a medical illness that causes memory loss, so we're very concerned for him and also for the children," said Nicole Rodriguez, spokesperson for the Carrollton Police Department.

"At this point we don't think there's any foul play, it's just possible he doesn't know where he is or where he needs to be," said Rodriguez.

The family says they reported the grandfather and grandkids as missing around 8 p.m. Sunday after the group did not return home.

Officers searched both of the locations William Gomez told the family he was taking the children as well as local hotels in the area.

On Monday, highway signs were activated to ask drivers to be on the lookout for Gomez and his grandchildren. They were last seen in a white Jeep Grand Cherokee with Texas license plate DH1 Y337. Police said Gomez doesn't have his cell phone with him.

Anyone with information about the missing family should contact Carrollton police.

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