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Perinton couple declared missing after missed medical appointment

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A missing persons' report was filed on February 5 for Robert Ross, 73, and his wife Mary Ross, 72. (Photo: Provided)

Perinton, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is asking for help to find a missing couple from Perinton.

A missing persons' report was filed on February 5 for Robert Ross, 73, and his wife Mary Ross, 72.

Robert had a medical appointment scheduled for January 30, but has not been seen since. Investigators said he did not show up for subsequent medical appointments.

Deputies contacted Ross' son, who lives outside the Rochester area, and subsequently began a missing persons investigation.

The last time Mary Ross was contacted was on January 29 when Mary spoke over the phone with her son.

Robert Ross is described as 6' tall and weighing 200 lbs. He is bald and has brown eyes.

Mary Ross is described as 5'4" tall and weighing 160 lbs. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

They drive a white 2017 Kia Sorrento, with the New York license plate that reads 'BLUSTERY.'

Family and friends are at loss to explain this disappearance, and understandably distraught. They tell 13WHAM that Robert Ross has stage four brain cancer. The biggest clue they have right now is the last ping from Mary Ross' cell phone, which came from the Ontario Beach area in Charlotte.

Bob Ross, Robert Ross’ son, says his father and stepmother left their Fairport home last Wednesday morning.

Ross was supposed to go to Strong Memorial Hospital for radiation treatment.

“We think the plan that day was for them to go to the bank, get her nails done, drive to Rochester to have his therapy,” said Ross.

But his father never arrived to the hospital.

After three more missed treatments, the hospital called Monroe County Sheriff's deputies for a welfare check. Investigators found the couple's Fairport home empty, and their cats abandoned.

“The cats set off the red flags,” said Ross. “The cats hadn't been cleaned, cats hadn't been fed. They were just starving.”

Ross is now at their home, making calls to police and friends, trying to find them.

“They completely just disappeared off the face of the earth," he said. "Nothing makes sense.”

Friends have posted on social media. “The more time goes on, you're going to be losing time to find them,” said Tom Lockwood, who posted a picture of the couple on Twitter.

Ross is growing more worried for his father's health. “We thought, ‘How much worse could it get? He's basically had between six and 18 months to live because of the cancer diagnosis.’ So we have six to 18 months, so we'll take every day we can get," Ross said. "And then, poof, he's gone. They're gone. He was her caretaker, and then it transitioned to her being his caretaker. I don't know what else to do. I really don't.”

Anyone with information about the Ross' whereabouts should call 911 immediately.

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