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Watch: Fla. deputies searching for suspect find missing elderly man with Alzheimer’s

After reaching the man, deputies were surprised to find he wasn’t the robbery suspect they were searching for

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By Bill Carey
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Deputies searching for a robbery suspect in a wooded area were in the right place at the right time when they found an elderly man who had been reported missing a day prior.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies had begun to search for a robbery suspect in a wooded area when they found the 75-year-old missing man, WFLA reported.

Video from a police helicopter showed officers being directed to the man’s position.

After reaching the man, deputies were surprised to find he wasn’t the suspect they were searching for but was a missing man who was last seen in the area on Sunday. Police said the man has Alzheimer’s.

“What a wonderful example of being in the right place at the right time,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “Our deputies were working diligently doing their job to apprehend a suspect and were able to recognize a citizen in need of help. We’re grateful that this was able to end in a safe return for the missing person and his family.”

The man was safely rescued and reunited with his family.

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