Geneva police has turned to the public for help in the search of Jimmy Wingate, 45, who was last seen as a patient at the Wiregrass Medical Center.

Wingate was brought to the emergency room Wednesday afternoon by an EMS to receive treatment from physicians.

After being treated, medical staff says Wingate manually let himself out of the emergency room.

“When a patient presents to the ER we have an obligation to treat them but we don’t have an obligation to hold them, so the patient isn’t required to stay here our staff doesn’t detain a patient,” CEO Janet Smith said.

According to the hospital and their surveillance video, he left to go across the street to McDonalds and ended up back on camera where it shows he talked with a hospital visitor and then got into the white Hyundai Sante Fe.

The car left the parking lot heading west on Highway 52

“We were able to find the driver of that vehicle he met with her and requested a ride to a laundry mat saying he had friends in the area but we tried to search for him 6 hours after the fact,”

According to Geneva police, Wingate had been living at the Opp health facility and suffers from mental health problems related to a prior injury.

“Well we are concerned about his welfare and we want to make sure he is seen about and taken care of,” Smith said.

“We need help from people in the community yall have the pictures he looks like he will stand out if he is still wearing the yellow shirt if he asks you for a ride call us and if nothing else call 911,” Chief Mock said.


GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — The Geneva Police Department is asking for assistance in locating a missing Geneva man.

At around 4;00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jimmy Wingate walked out of the emergency department of Wiregrass Medical Center in Geneva.

Wingate suffers from mental health problems related to a prior medical condition. He was last seen getting into a white Hyundai Santa Fe. The vehicle left the parking lot and traveled westbound on Highway 52.

The driver of the Santa Fe has been identified. According to GPD Chief Pepper Mock, the driver does not have any relation to Wingate and he asked for a ride in the hospital parking,

If you have any information regarding Jimmy Wingate’s whereabouts or the vehicle pictured, please contact the Geneva Police Department by calling (334) 684-2777.

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