SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The search for a man missing from South Bend was upgraded to a statewide Silver Alert Tuesday. Family and friends fear he may by in danger.
South Bend police are asking for help finding Timothy Hulse, a 53-year-old man who was last seen on Feb. 5 around 5:30 p.m. He goes by the nickname "Earth."
"We had one brother who committed suicide, and I don't want to see another one commit suicide," said Terry Hulse, Timothy's brother. "He's got a lot of medical issues that needs to be taken care of. He has three aneurysms on his brain which causes him to have seizures and he doesn't have his meds with him, he doesn't have his phone with him."
Hulse is described as 6 feet, 2 inches tall and around 200 pounds, with medium-length brown and gray hair, and a gray and brown beard.
His home is on Portage Avenue, and it's what's missing from his home that is cause for concern: a handgun.
"You know, they didn't find it at his apartment, so it makes me think he has it on him. So it makes me really nervous," Terry said.
He was last seen wearing a gray coat, tan coveralls and black boots, police say.
Timothy Hulse worked part-time at South Bend Monument Works with his best friend, Peter Anderson.
"What I think happened is one of the aneurysms burst and it didn't kill him but it damaged his brain, and that's why he was just kind of catatonic, and what we think is he wandered away and he really doesn't know who he is or where he is," Anderson said.
Timothy Hulse is believed to be in extreme danger and may need medical attention, the Silver Alert says.
Timothy Hulse's brother and best friend continue to search the South Bend area, following tips and staying in contact with police. They're asking the public for any help they can give.
"Earth, everybody wants to help you out and everybody is really concerned about you need to just come home, and if you don't know where home is, come to the monument shop."
If you have any information, please contact the South Bend Police Department at 574-235-9201 or 911.