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Deputy locates missing Alzheimer's patient about four miles from Tampa home

TAMPA — Police found the missing 71-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease who disappeared from an assisted living facility in the Lowry Park area Wednesday afternoon.

A Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy responded to 12401 Orange Grove Drive after receiving a call around 11:30 p.m. about a suspicious person in a field near the Country Wood Apartments.

The caller told the deputy a man in the field appeared "lost and confused."

The deputy then found an elderly man lying on a picnic table.

That man was identified as Fred Witty, who was last seen around 3 p.m. Wednesday at the assisted living facility wearing a light blue polo shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.

Witty, who was found about four miles away from the Angel Garden facility, was unharmed and did not require any medical treatment, police said.

He told the deputy he was tired and could not find his wife.

The deputy then drove Witty back to Angel Garden, where he was reunited with his wife.

Deputy locates missing Alzheimer's patient about four miles from Tampa home 10/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:36pm]

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