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Tampa police find missing Alzheimer's patient 15 miles from home

TAMPA — The search is over: Police have found the 68-year-old Alzheimer's patient who disappeared after walking away from home.

Police found Loyal Francis Hull about 15 miles away Thursday morning on Davis Islands, police said. He was in good health and will be reunited with his sister, they said.

Hull walked away from his home at 6815 Robinswood Lane in Town 'n Country about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. A worried relative called Hillsborough deputies about 9:30 that night.

His family told deputies that he has Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia.

Deputies continued their search Wednesday at dawn, using helicopters, police dogs and detectives to scan the area within 3 miles of his home, the sheriff's office said. They also issued two reverse 911 calls and interviewed neighbors and businesses.

Surveillance footage shows Hull entering a Chevron convenience store at Hanley Road and Jackson Springs Road about 4 p.m. Tuesday, shortly after he left home, deputies said. He bought a cigar and lighter and left on foot.

Later Tuesday, deputies determined from their leads that Hull boarded a HARTline bus about 5:15 p.m. at Paula Drive and Hanley Road. He got off the bus near downtown Tampa, at Laurel and Marion streets, at 6:37 p.m., they said.

It's not clear what happened between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Officers found him at 7:05 a.m. Thursday at 300 W Platt St., said police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor.

No further information was immediately available.

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