Police rescue missing man with dementia

Police rescue missing man with dementia

Officers with Beaumont Police Department rescued a missing man with dementia who had been lost in the woods for several hours July 20, Officer Carol Riley reports.

According to a news release from BPD, officers responded to the 9100 block of Oak Pointe at close to 7 p.m. in reference to a missing 69-year-old man who suffers from dementia. The man’s wife reportedly told police that he left to visit a relative on Bedford around 3 p.m. but never made it to his destination. Officers got his vehicle description and other pertinent information including his cell phone number, before beginning their search. They were able to contact the man by phone, but he was unable to provide his location to officers. He could only tell officers that he was out of his vehicle and lost in the woods, reports Riley.  

Officers ultimately located him in the woods on Broussard Road near Patricia. He was lying on his back at the bottom of a barbed wire fence, dehydrated and disoriented. Officers carried him out of the woods to meet EMS at the dead end of Hodge Road. EMS transported the man to Baptist Hospital for treatment. It was determined that he had wandered the wooded area for approximately five hours before officers located him. His vehicle was located in the woods near the dead end of Patricia.

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