Missing Alzheimer's patient found in Port St. Lucie

PORT RICHEY

Missing Pasco man found in Port St. Lucie

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office called off its two-day search for a missing 80-year-old man suffering from early Alzheimer's after he turned up Wednesday morning about 160 miles south of his Port Richey home.

The Port St. Lucie Police Department told the Sheriff's Office that it found Don Pandel in its jurisdiction on Wednesday morning. He had been driving his white 2002 Ford Focus on two flat tires, police say, and pulled over to get some rest. He was located after a concerned resident called authorities.

The Gulf Highlands man left home about 10 a.m. Sunday, telling family he was going to get breakfast, but he didn't return.

His family says he suffers from dementia and likely forgot where he lives.

Pandel was taken to a Port St. Lucie hospital for observation.

Missing Alzheimer's patient found in Port St. Lucie 05/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, May 22, 2008 7:22pm]

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