FMPD expands search for missing 78-year-old Fort Myers man

Reporter: Dannielle Garcia
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Fort Myers Police are searching for Porter Taylor Albert. Detectives found someone else driving his car on Sunday night, who was arrested. The suspect said she was looking for Albert.

Porter Taylor Albert, 78. Credit: via Fort Myers Police Department.

Detectives working the case found Albert’s silver Lexus, but did not know it was his. Cape Coral Police Dept. officers arrested Tiffany Contestable for driving the vehicle without a license. The suspect said she had not seen Albert, 78, in a few days, so she took his car to look for her friend. The next day, FMPD said Albert’s disappearance was suspicious.

Jim Domalik has been friends with Albert for years. He told WINK News they chat every day. When Albert did not answer his phone, Domalik called the police.

“I’m trying to stay positive about it,” Domalik said. “However, it doesn’t look very good because it’s not characteristic of him to be missing like this to not let somebody know where he’s at.”

Porter Taylor Albert’s last known location was at the Big Lots store on N. Cleveland Ave. in North Fort Myers. (FMPD)

Albert has shown no indications of dementia, has no known medical conditions, and does not take medication. Albert was last seen on Jan. 15, around 6:45 p.m. in a Big Lots store located at 13970 N. Cleveland Avenue in North Fort Myers.

Both of his cars have been accounted for by FMPD.

Police also say Albert likes to visit both Sarasota and Venice beaches.

If anyone has contact with him or knows his location, they are asked to call the FMPD at (239) 321-7700.

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