Family continues searching for missing Harlingen man
Guadalupe Rowlett has a message to her husband, who has been missing for nearly a week.
“Everything's going to be ok,” Guadalupe Rowlett said. “Hang in there, we're looking for you."
Her husband, Rickey Lee Rowlett, was last seen leaving Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen on Thursday, Nov. 4.
Guadalupe Rowlett said her husband was in the hospital to be treated for cirrhosis of the liver. Rickey Lee was on several medications and was supposed to be watched constantly in case of a fall or injury.
One day, she said, Rickey Lee started acting different.
"He was just confused, and he kept asking ‘What else are they going to do to me?’” Guadalupe Rowlett said.
Rowlett said she went to wash her hands, preparing to reassure her husband that doctors would tell them what was next.
But when she returned, she saw him walking toward another aisle with staff behind him.
"I lost sight of him within a couple of minutes," Rowlett said.
Rowlett says staff tried to call him back into his room.
"A few minutes later, they show up by themselves and I told them, 'Where's Ricky?' and they're like, 'Oh, ma'am, once he walks outside of the building, we're not responsible for him no more.'"
In a statement, Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen officials said they take the security and safety of their patients, employees and visitors seriously.
"While we are unable to provide any information about a specific patient or case due to patient privacy laws, we have established security processes and procedures in place at our hospital and are working with local authorities," the statement read.
Rickey Lee was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, no shirt and yellow hospital socks.
He is described as a white male with brown hair and eyes, weighing 155 pounds with a height of 5’11.
Those with information on Rowlett’s whereabouts are urged to call the Harlingen Police Department at 956-216-5400.
Correction: Rowlett is from Weslaco, not Harlingen.