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Petaluma man reported missing

A Petaluma man who can't care for himself due to a brain injury went missing Monday night and remained at large Tuesday morning, police said.

Worried family members called police at 8:10 p.m. Monday to say John Wirth, 49, hadn't returned home after leaving on a bike ride, Petaluma Sgt. Ralph Evans said.

Wirth, known as "Joe," had been in a motorcycle accident several years ago and brain damage from the crash left him easily confused. He needs help with day-to-day activities, family members told officers.

He'd apparently ridden from home on his red "Pacific" bicycle.

He is 6 feet tall, about 180 pounds, brown hair, hazel eyes and has a full beard.


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