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Osage man missing, last seen in Kay County

An older brother is in desperate need for answers on the whereabouts of Jerry Ross Cottingham. Ben Cottingham Sr. is in search of his younger brother who has been reported missing for 18 months. He said it isn't like his brother to be gone this long and not to contact him or their mother.

Jerry Ross Cottingham was last seen at the Osage Casino in Ponca City after receiving his disability check. He has been missing since June 23, 2016. He is 55 years old and 6'1 in height and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair with gray and has a scar above his right eye, a scar on his right hand, a scar on his nose and a scar on his right hip. He is described as legally blind and wears glasses.

Cottingham was living on his mother's property in Kildare, Okla., at the time of his disappearance.

“Someone knows something or took him somewhere,” said the elder Ben Cottingham. “He was legally blind and did not drive. I want him to know if he is out there he can call me and I won't tell anyone if he doesn't want to be found. I just want to know he is alright.”

Cottingham's mother has submitted DNA to help with the investigation, according to the Osage Nation Police Department, who is working on the case along with the Ponca City Police Department and Osage County.

The hope of the family is that Jerry is alive and well. The elder Ben Cottingham said the family is very worried about his safety and wellbeing.

To report any information about Jerry Ross Cottingham's whereabouts or disappearance, please contact the Osage Nation Police Department at (918) 287-5510.