A LaPlace man who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder has been missing for weeks following his release from a veterans shelter in Baton Rouge.?
Britain Farrel Weber, 32, who served in the Army National Guard in Afghanistan, was reported missing to Baton Rouge police Oct. 29, three days after he was released from the Raven's Outreach Center.?
He apparently was last seen Nov. 13 at a Wal-Mart store on College Drive, where he was issued a summons for theft by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.?
Since that time, police have checked in regularly with the local jail and the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office but have been unable to locate Weber, who has been known to go missing in the past. His whereabouts remained unknown Tuesday, and family members say they have no means of reaching him.? ?
Weber's mother, Coy St. Pierre, said her son lived at the North Street shelter for the past two years but was "forced to leave" after he refused to participate in the program.?
"He would sit in the corner and not speak," St. Pierre said. "He needed help."?
A spokeswoman for the shelter did not immediately return a call seeking comment.?
St. Pierre said her son was never the same after his 2011 deployment to Afghanistan, where he served about a year and suffered a "breakdown" that required his removal from the field. After returning to the United States, Weber slept in a tent in his backyard, even in freezing temperatures.??
He also began seeing demons, St. Pierre said, and claiming they would attack him at night. He told family members he had seen things overseas "that he didn't ever want to talk about," she said.?
"It's like he can't unprogram himself," she added. "He still thinks he's on a mission. He doesn't trust anybody."??
St. Pierre said she does not believe Weber has the resources to wander far. She and other family members have been checking homeless shelters in the area, to no avail, and spreading word of Weber's disappearance on social media.?
"When he left here he didn't have two pennies," St. Pierre said. "He's got two big bags, a backpack and a crockpot but no cellphone."?
St. Pierre expressed frustration that Weber has received inadequate mental health care despite his military service. Over the years, she said, she has been unable to learn the particulars of her son's diagnoses and prescriptions because of privacy laws. She also has been unable to have him taken into protective custody.
At some point, she said, Weber stopped taking his medication because he didn't like the way it made him feel. He became convinced he had a tumor of some kind that was terminal.?
"He gets really mad and blames everybody, but I've never seen him hurt anybody," St. Pierre said. "I need to find him, but once I do, I need a plan of action."?
Weber is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes, 5-foot-7 and 130 pounds. Baton Rouge police asked anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Missing Persons Division at (225) 389-8617.