Escaped Nursing Home Resident Found Dead Outside Pratt

Judd Weil April 12, 2021

[Pratt, Kans]

The Pratt Police Department reported that 68-year-old Kenneth Gatlin who had been missing since April 8 and the subject of a statewide Silver Alert, was located dead the afternoon of April 12.


Gatlin’s body was discovered in rural Pratt County, northwest of Pratt, Kan. at approximately 12:30 p.m. when a landowner contacted the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office at 12:17 p.m.


“At the time of this press release, investigators do not belief the death to have been the result of foul play,” said the Pratt Police Department in their press release documenting Gatlin’s disappearance on their Facebook page.


With Kenneth Gatlin’s body found, the statewide silver alert is cancelled.


Kenneth Gatlin was reported missing to Pratt Police Department by Parkwood Village assisted-living and memory care facility located at 401 Rochester Street in Pratt, Kans. on April 8.


Pratt PD determined that Gatlin walked away from the facility between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


Pratt PD were advised by Parkwood Village that Gatlin suffered from dementia.


Following the initial report, police officers, Parkwood Village staff and members of Gatlin’s family began a search of the immediate vicinity, only to yield negative results.


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation issued a statewide Silver Alert at Pratt Police Departments request, with other area law enforcement agencies asked to aid in locating Gatlin.


In the five days following Gatlin’s disappearance, law enforcement and volunteer organizations participated in searches throughout Pratt as well as adjacent areas, again turning up negative results.


Emergency personnel were dispatched to where a landowner reported he found the body of an elderly man alongside a fence northwest of Pratt on April 12.


The body was determined to be that of Kenneth Gatlin.


An investigation was conducted at the scene by Pratt PD detectives, assisted by a KBI agent and officers with Pratt County Sheriff’s Office.


The cause of death is pending autopsy.


“The Pratt Police Department would like to extend our condolences to the Gatlin family,” said Pratt Police Department. “Additionally, the Department would like to thank the volunteers who aided in the search for Mr. Gatlin and anyone else that assisted searching for a positive outcome in this investigation.”


The Parkwood Village administrator or Director of Nursing could not be reached for comment at this time.

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