Bank account of missing Carrollton grandfather accessed in Ark., Tenn.

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by MARCUS MOORE and STEVE STOLER / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 6:16 PM

CARROLLTON –– Investigators believe the Carrollton grandfather who disappeared with his two grandchildren on Sunday has traveled outside the state.

William Gomez, 57, left his home in Carrollton around 2 p.m. Sunday with seven-year-old Marcus Gomez and his eight-year-old sister Dominique. They were said to be traveling to either Rhoton Park in Carrollton or Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville. 

There was no sign of the trio at either location, police said. They were reported missing at 8:17 p.m., said Sgt. Clyde Buchanan, a spokesman for hte department. 

Police on Monday said someone accessed Gomez's bank account in Little Rock, Arkansas at about 7:48 a.m. Buchanan said Arkansas authorities were alerted that the three may be traveling there.

Little Rock police said the card had been used at a Shell gasoline station in Troy, Tennessee Monday afternoon.

Earlier, the card had been used in Como, Texas, about 90 miles northeast of Dallas.

"I know my husband," said Maria Gomez, William's wife. "He's probably still driving. Whenever he's going, he's going forward."

Gomez has a medical condition that affects his memory, police said. He was driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee with Texas plates DH1Y337. He does not have his cell phone on his person, Buchanan said. 

Dominique was wearing blue pants and a floral shirt; Marcus was wearing a white T-shirt, cream colored shorts and black Velcro shoes.

Ten years ago, Gomez suffered a brain tumor, which occasionally causes fluid build up and temporary memory loss.

"So far, we haven't heard from him," said Maria Gomez, the man's wife. "We just hope he's OK and my grandkids are OK." 

Call Carrollton police at 972-466-3333 or 911 if you have any information about Gomez and his grandchildren. The man stands about 5'-5'' and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and black pants. 

Carrollton police have contacted the Texas Department of Public Safety, which triggered a critical missing alert. Volunteers also conducted a search near the man's home and found nothing.

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