Turlock police: Missing 90-year-old 'back home safe'

local@modbee.comFebruary 2, 2014 

— Homes and businesses throughout a good chunk of east Turlock received a reverse 911 telephone call from police Sunday morning about a missing 90-year-old man. An officer located him without the public’s help, while confusion over the call prompted brief panic by one homeowner.

The elderly man who was missing lives in a retirement home and is known to wander about with his walker, but left about 5:30 a.m. and had been gone longer than usual – three hours – as the temperature was dropping and rain sprinkled down. Also, the home was worried about possible problems related to dementia and asked for help.

Police put out the word with an automated call in an area roughly bounded by Monte Vista Avenue, Canal Drive, and Geer and Waring roads.

A resident heard the message about the same time that a magazine salesperson knocked on his door. Police responded to what they feared might be a home invasion, but quickly chalked it up to confusion.

Meanwhile, an officer spotted the elderly man and his walker at a store and determined he was unharmed.

“It all worked out well,” said Sgt. Russ Holeman. “He’s back home safe.”

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