Missing man approaches news crew reporting on his story

May 30, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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LIMINGTON, Maine, May 30 (UPI) -- Authorities in Maine said a missing 73-year-old man with dementia was found when he approached a news crew reporting on his story.

The Maine Warden Service, which handles search-and-rescue calls in the state, said Robert McDonough, 73, was reported missing from his Limington home Monday and was found Tuesday morning when he approached a WMTW-TV, Portland, news crew outside his home reporting on his disappearance, ABC News reported Thursday.

"We believe he had wandered into the woods adjacent to his home," said John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service.

"We probably would have found him eventually, but it's difficult to search at night, and we're very thankful he was found alive," MacDonald said.

A family member said McDonough is doing well and appears uninjured, but he has no memory of why he left his home or where he spent the night. The relative, who asked not to be named, said the family is looking into the possibility of using a GPS tracker in case McDonough wanders off again.

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