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Elderly Man Missing, Seen at JIA; Foul Play Suspected

11:03 AM, Oct 30, 2010   |    comments
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Charles "Chuck" Soukop

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police believe foul play to be behind the disappearance of an elderly man last seen at Jacksonville International Airport Monday.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, 83-year-old Charles "Chuck" Soukup, a Gainesville resident, was last seen renting a vehicle at JIA about 11 a.m. Police have surveillance video of him at the airport.

That vehicle, a silver Jeep Liberty, has been recovered, but JSO is not releasing any details because of the active investigation.

Soukup reportedly has a medical condition that requires medication. That condition, his age, and the facts that he is not from Jacksonville and has not been heard from, all led police to believe Soukup is endangered.

He was wearing a brown sport coat, maroon flannel shirt and tan slacks when he was last seen.

His wife, Beira Soukup said he was dropped off at the airport Monday planning to fly to Cleveland.  But Soukup could not get a flight out and rented a car to drive home to Gainesville.

She says that was the last she heard from him and now she is scared and worried.

"The reason why foul play is suspected is because of the victim's age, he's 83-years-old, he's not from here, he does have a medical condition and he hasn't been seen or heard from since the picture we have of him leaving the airport," said JSO Assistant Chief Andrea Smith.   

If you know anything that could help police find Soukup, call our partner First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).

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