Missing Person: Scott Michael Tridgell

ScottTridgellUPDATE: Tridgell was found on Jan. 5, 2011.

Duluth Police Dept. news release:

Scott Michael Tridgell, age 26, of Duluth was reported missing by his family on Dec. 14. Family members said Tridgell left his residence in Duluth on the morning of Dec. 13, leaving a note that he was going to a job interview. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Tridgell suffers from a form of amnesia which limits his ability to recall important details regarding his personal life, such as where he lives or where he has been. In 2007, Tridgell was listed as a missing person by the Edina, Minnesota Police Dept. after he failed to show up at his residence there. He was located three weeks later by police at a rest stop in Menominee, Wis. He had no ties to that city.

Tridgell had traveled all over the U.S. in those three weeks. At that time, Tridgell was dehydrated and in poor physical condition. He moved home to Duluth after the incident.

Tridgell is described as a white male, age 26, 5’10”, 165 lbs., blue eyes, blonde hair. Tridgell may be driving a 1996 black Toyota Tacoma pick-up, Minnesota license number 672-DTY. The vehicle lists to his father, Gary Tridgell. The vehicle has severe hail damage.

At this time, there is no indication that foul play is involved. Tridgell has been entered into the NCIC database as a missing person.

Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of
Scott Tridgell, is asked to contact the Duluth Police Department at 218-730-5400 or call 911.


Hillsider Newspaper editor

about 13 years ago

Thank you for posting this. I hope they find him soon, especially with the cold weather out there.


about 13 years ago

With these Alzheimer's like symptoms, why is this young man allowed to drive?   At the very least,  there should have been a tracking device (ex: LoJack) on the vehicle.  Bless his heart, there's no telling where he is at now.  =(


about 13 years ago

This boy is the son of friends of mine. This is tearing them apart. So far the comments here have been kind, let's please keep it this way.  

He has been living a normal life since his first episode, hence no concerns about tracking him. I do hear what you're saying, though, and perhaps this second episode will bring about some changes that will keep Scott safe and enable him to live his life normally but without so much worry.  

The best possible Christmas gift would be for Scott to be found. If you are a praying person, please pray for him and his family.  Cross your fingers if you prefer, or send up a "Go Home, Scott" vibration. Anything to get him home with his family where he belongs. Thank you!

Bad Cat!

about 13 years ago

OK, number one, the kid doesn't have Alzheimer's, he has unique form of amnesia which isn't an issue 90% of the time (or so I've gathered from the media).

You can't legally force an adult to use some type of tracking device. A lot of people are saying "the parents should have..." but no parent can foresee the problems that lay ahead for their child (if they could, teenage years would have much less of a fatality rate).

So don't be an armchair quarterback (or a online shoulda) -- wish the family well and hope he is found safe!


about 13 years ago

Update should read "Jan. 5" of course. Happy New Year!

Paul Lundgren

about 13 years ago

Yes. Thanks Beverly!

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