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Search Continues for Missing Bucks County Man

The search continues for a Bucks County man with cerebral palsy who has been missing for nearly two months.

Craig Fant, 48, of Bristol, Pennsylvania was last seen on Dec. 23, 2015. Fant’s brother told NBC10 he went to Lower Bucks Hospital for a therapy session that afternoon and never came back.

Fant was spotted on surveillance video at three separate locations that day. He was first seen outside the Lower Bucks Hospital boarding a SEPTA bus that was headed to the Oxford Valley Mall.

He was then seen at an ATM on the 2300 block of E. Lincoln Avenue in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Finally, he was seen getting off a SEPTA bus at Old Orchard Lane and Fayette Drive in Bristol.

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Surveillance photo of Craig Fant leaving a SEPTA bus

Fant’s brother told NBC10 he didn’t notice anything strange the last time he saw Craig.

“Everything seemed perfect to me,” he said. “I saw him in the surveillance video at the hospital when he was leaving therapy. Everything looked normal. He looked just like Craig.”

Fant’s brother also told NBC10 a family friend saw him a few minutes after he got off the bus in Bristol.

“She saw him about 100 to 150 feet from Fayette Drive and Orchard Lane walking towards Winder Drive,” the brother said.

That’s the last time anyone saw Craig. The family reported him missing that night when he never returned to his sister’s home.

Fant has cerebral palsy, walks with a distinctive limp and is paralyzed in his right arm. He is also prone to seizures and requires medical attention.

“Craig has never lived on his own, and requires supportive care,” a family member said. “He’s probably scared and maybe disoriented and confused. His physical disabilities, slurred speech and drooling symptoms can be misinterpreted as having mental disabilities. So he is likely to shy away from people.”

Fant’s brother said Craig’s medical condition may have also played a role in his disappearance.

“Sometimes he gets confused,” he said. “My theory is maybe he got on the wrong bus. The last place I saw him was at that spot and that was it. That’s where it ends.”

Mark Hopkins, the chief of Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue (GPSAR), has assisted the family in the search for Fant. Hopkins told NBC10 that the fact no one has found him despite the amount of data collected regarding where he went the day of his disappearance is particularly alarming.

“What makes it more disturbing or urgent to me is that he was a creature of habit and something plucked him from that and I don’t know if it was medical or environmental or what,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins is also urging residents who live near the area where Fant was last seen in Bristol to check around their homes.

“One of the big limitations is the amount of private property,” Hopkins said. “If people could check their properties it would be very helpful.”

Fant is described as an African American man standing 5-foot-8 and weighing 200 pounds with brown eyes and short hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with gray sweatpants.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call 911, Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue at 877-598-5618 or Bucks County Police Radio at 215-945-3100.

A GoFundMe page was also created to raise money for the search effort. CLICK HERE if you would like to donate.

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