The Edmond Sun

State News

July 18, 2012

Family worried about missing adult son

NORMAN — Greg Canida lived in Norman and Blanchard. He went to school in Washington, where his dad said he played football, “and he was pretty good at it.”

He grew to manhood, went to work in the oil fields, married and had two kids.

Today he’s missing and his family is frantic to hear from him. Monday night, his high school friends even organized a search party.

His family has filed a missing persons report with Norman and Blanchard police.

But, because he is an adult, there’s very little that law enforcers can do and the family must rely on strangers to help find this son and brother.

“We just want to know he’s OK,” his mother, Gayle Canida, said. “We’re really worried about his health and well being with the heat and all.”

Gregory Blake Canida, 37, was last seen at 9:41 p.m. Friday, April 13.

Law enforcement officers on Tuesday afternoon continued their search for Canida, who has been missing since his release from the F. DeWayne Beggs Detention Center.

His parents confirmed police reports that their son had been picked up on a public intoxication charge.

Canida has a drinking problem, but “this is the first time he’s gone missing,” his father, H.B. Canida, said.

The elder Canida said his son left the jail with nothing.

“He had no money, no food, no way to get any food or water without money,” H.B. Canida said, his voice sometimes breaking with emotion.

The family fears he has been walking the streets in 100 degree-plus heat since Friday.

“He did have a water bottle” Gayle Canida said. “But, that’s all.”

Norman Police Sgt. Jennifer Newell said Canida, who until recently was living with his parents in Blanchard, is likely in Norman or Blanchard.

Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Meghan McCormick said Canida was booked into the county jail at 5:27 p.m. on Friday on a public intoxication complaint. He was released about four hours later.

“When he was released, he somehow left without his backpack,” his mother said. “His phone, with all our numbers keyed in, was in the backpack.

“We’re really getting concerned,” H.B. Canida said.

NPD’s Newell said police do not believe Canida is in danger, though his family would like to hear from him.

The sergeant said the search is complicated by the fact that Canida is an adult.

“When you’re talking about an adult, if he doesn’t want to be found, he doesn’t have to be found,” Newell said. “If we made contact with him, we would obviously check his welfare and ask him to contact his family, but there’s nothing we can do beyond that.”

Newell said residents have reported several sightings, though officers found no signs of Canida upon investigation.

In the meantime, his parents worry and do what they can, such as placing posters of their son around town.

His family asks that if Greg Canida is spotted that residents call 911, in the hope the police can help him come home.

STAFF WRITER Joel Pruett and Editor Debra A. Parker contributed to this report.

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