Missing man, 83, found dead in D.C.

A retired criminology professor with dementia who wandered away from his 83rd birthday celebration last week was found dead Friday in the southern part of D.C., authorities said.

Jesse Jones, who had been a professor at the University of the District of Columbia, was found dead about 8:15 a.m. in the 2800 block of South Capitol Street, said Office Paul Metcalf, a D.C. police spokesman. Metcalf said he did not know who found Jones or how or when he died.

Jones had wandered away from his own birthday celebration at Busboys and Poets on 5th Street NW last Tuesday, triggering immediate concern for his well being. The director of the northwest D.C. facility where he lived said Jones, who suffered from dementia and high blood pressure, would not know how to take shelter as temperatures dropped or find his way home.

Metcalf said he did not know if Jones had suffered any trauma or if there were any signs of foul play in the death. He said the body would be sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy.

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