SANATOGA PA – Luis Hernandez, the 72-year-old man who wandered from his home and was reported as missing more than two weeks ago, was found safe early Wednesday (Jan. 27, 2016) at a shelter in Kearny NJ, about 110 miles northeast of the Redner’s Supermarket in Lower Pottsgrove where he was last spotted.
His family was notified, and Hernandez was transported to a nearby New Jersey hospital for evaluation, according to police reports.
Township Police Chief Michael Foltz announced the news Wednesday at 9 a.m. and said the department, which conducted a local search and kept pursuing leads in the case, was “happy the Hernandez family will be reunited with Luis.”
Lower Pottsgrove officers alerted the public to Hernandez’s disappearance on Jan. 13 (Thursday), after he had been dropped off at the Redner’s in the North End Shopping Center on North Charlotte Street. Store employees there said Hernandez, who has ties to Union City NJ, had asked about finding public transportation to the Allentown area and beyond.
Kearny is only 9 miles from Union City. Hernandez, who now lives in Gilbertsville, is said to be suffering from the onset dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. He was wearing only light outdoor clothing when he left, but carried a wallet with some cash.
Foltz said he and his force were “relieved that Mr. Hernandez was found safe” and that the incident “ended in a positive manner.” Searchers, who at one point combed areas near the market in hopes of finding the man, worried about effects of “the considerable cold and inclement weather conditions he could have been subjected to over the past couple weeks,” the chief noted.
In addition to thanking his officers for their work, Foltz credited police departments in Union City and Kearny “for their ongoing cooperation and persistence in helping us check local shelters over the past week.”
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