Family, police looking for answers 2 years after Porter Albert’s disappearance

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Porter Albert

Saturday marks two years since Porter Albert disappeared from a parking lot in North Fort Myers, and police are working to gain new leads while Albert’s family continues to live without closure.

Albert, 78, was last seen at the Big Lots at 13970 N. Cleveland Ave. in North Fort Myers at around 7 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2020.

Detectives with the Fort Myers Police Department were along Fort Myers’ Cleveland Ave. corridor to pass out flyers with Albert’s face on it in hopes of finding out more information about his disappearance.

Albert used to go to the area to help out others, police said.

Saturday won’t be the first time investigators have passed out flyers with Porter’s face on them; they did the same thing in October 2020.

Diane Albert Hall, Albert’s ex-wife and the mother of their two children, says she spoke with him just two weeks before he disappeared.

“‘Where is he, is the big question,” Hall said. “He would give you the shirt off his back. He really would, he loved to help people. He wanted people to get better.”

The two married when Hall was 20 years old. His disappearance has been hard on the family.

The family has lived with so many questions. Their son Brian still wonders what happened to his father. While the family doesn’t believe he is alive, they desperately want answers.

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