Sparks Police ask community to watch for missing man

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - Sparks Police are asking people to be on the lookout for a man missing since May 9.

Police say Gary Poppinga was reported to be despondent over several personal matters and left his home on the 1000 block of Union Street May 9, 2017 in the early afternoon. He walked away, leaving behind his cell phone and wallet. Police say he had made suicidal statements and he took a revolver-type handgun with him.

He stated he liked to go to the "Lovelock" river in the past and that's where he would like to be when he died. Police are not award of a "Lovelock" river, but are wondering about other rivers nearby.

Family, friends and police have not heard from Poppinga, and are asking for the public's help to get him back home to his family.

Poppinga is 74 years old and white, with gray hair and blue eyes. He is 5'11" and 180 pounds.

Anyone with information about him is asked to call Sparks Police at 775-353-2231.

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