Missing UC man found
Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 9:02 pm
A Union City man who has been missing for several months has been found safe in Indiana.
Darric Johnson was found Wednesday night sleeping on a park bench in Indianapolis, according to Union City police.
He apparently had walked there from Union City, police reported at midday Thursday.
Johnson, 43, had been reported missing to the Union City Police Department on July 2. His family last saw him at the end of May when he was evicted from his apartment on Washington Avenue, and he was last sighted July 31 around Nailling Drive in Union City.
It was reported that Johnson, a U.S. Navy veteran, may be in need of medical care and medications.
Johnson graduated from the Union City School System. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin while serving in the Union City-based Tennessee Army National Guard unit. He served 11 years in the U.S. Navy on a nuclear submarine and various ships.
Johnson’s sister, Lynn Johnson-McBee of Smyrna, told The Messenger in July that her brother is “very intelligent, a gifted artist, a terrific cook by trade and a wonderful human being who just happens to suffer from bipolar, depression and schizophrenia disorder, as well as alcoholism.”
Johnson was released by the Navy as a result of unstable behavior; however, he never received treatment. Seven years passed before the Navy named him a disabled veteran of the armed forces, according to Ms. Johnson-McBee, who said her brother’s mental health had diminished by that time.
Ms. Johnson-McBee told The Messenger the family will now work to get Johnson back to the VA hospital to be stabilized and eventually into a residential care facility.
“I thank God that we are getting the opportunity to do that,” she said.
Published in The Messenger 9.28.12