An award-winning radio broadcaster who hosted a show in San Francisco for 34 years has gone missing and was last seen in Paducah.
Ray Taliaferro, 79, has been missing for 15 days, according to the Massac County, Illinois, Sheriff's Department. Taliaferro was an award-winning, on-air radio host for KGO News Talk 810 in the San Francisco area from 1977 until 2011.
The legendary journalist was last seen talking with the manager at The Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant in Paducah, according to Massac County Sheriffs.
He was wearing a black leather jacket, a black turtleneck and black pants, according to police. Police said he may be experiencing signs of disorientation and dementia.
The 79-year-old African-American is 5 feet and 10 inches tall, weighs approximately 180 pounds and has grey hair and a grey mustache.
He is a resident of nearby Massac County, Illinois, just over the Ohio River from Paducah.
Taliaferro was one of the 44 journalists who helped found the National Association of Black Journalists and he was inducted into the organization's hall of fame in 2011. He also served as president of the San Francisco chapter of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, according to the radio station's biography.
Anyone who is aware of Taliaferro's whereabouts is advised to call 270-444-8548.