ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in finding a 68-year-old Rochester Hills man with a traumatic brain injury who apparently left his townhouse complex Friday afternoon and has not been seen or heard from since.
Raymond Norman Champagne lives in a townhouse in the 400 block of Kensington Drive in Rochester Hills. He is a White male with green eyes, stands six feet tall and weighs 170 pounds. He is balding with a gray or brown ponytail. He may be wearing a blue flannel shirt, blue jeans and white and blue Nike shoes.
“Please be on the lookout for Mr. Champagne who has been missing for over 24 hours,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “If you spot him, please call 911 immediately. An extensive search today was unsuccessful.”
Deputies were alerted to his disappearance about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Caregivers last spoke with him by phone about 4 p.m. Friday. It was not clear when he left his townhouse after the call although he left behind his cigarettes or cellphone, which caregivers said was unusual. Sheriff’s deputies believe he may have left the complex riding a dark-colored 10-speed bicycle.
The Sheriff’s K-9 unit, aviation unit, a drone, and search and rescue team mounted an extensive search of the area Friday, including canvassing homes but did not find Champagne. The search continued all day Saturday, but deputies were unable to locate him. A check of local hospitals, motels and hotels turned up negative results. Champagne’s wife died two months ago, and a memorial service was held Saturday in Royal Oak. Royal Oak police searched for him at the cemetery but did not find him.
Anyone with information about Raymond Champagne’s whereabouts should call 911.