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10:58 PM, Jan 17, 2014   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The body of Bob Farthing was found in the back of his vehicle by family members.  His daughter says it was parked at a hotel on the East Beltline.

Farthing, 78, travelled from Flint with his wife on Wednesday.  Police say he dropped her off to Spectrum Butterworth to visit a patient and said he was going to a nearby restaurant for some food. He never returned to pick her up.

"He would never, ever have disappeared, he would have never taken off and left my mother like this," said Denise Shaheen, Farthing's daughter. She says there is only one explanation for the disappearance. "He is struggling with the withdrawal from the drug Paxil."

After using the antidepressant for 15 years, his family says doctors were weaning Farthing off of the powerful drug and putting him on other medicine. But it was a difficult process.

"He would have a couple good days, he would have a couple bad days. His bad days were very bad days," said Shaheen. "He became very depressed, very confused."

Wednesday was a bad day for Farthing; he dropped his wife off at Butterworth Hospital around noon so she could visit a relative. But he didn't come back to pick her up, he didn't answer his phone or text messages.

Farthing was found by police Friday night in the back seat of his 2005 Buick Lacrosse.  His cause of death is not known at this time.

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