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After the report about noon in the 600 block of DeShong Avenue, police officers and health care staff first checked the health care center. Not finding the man, they began an outside search.
“Other officers were brought in, and a CodeRED message was sent out with the description of the missing man,” police chief Bob Hundley said.
“Lots of leads came in from people who had seen a similarly described individual walking east on the Northeast Loop. There was another report that he might have been at a local restaurant at the intersection of Northeast Loop 286 and North Collegiate.”
With these leads being checked on, personnel at the health care facility informed officers that the medical condition of the man probably would not have allowed him to walk that far.
“Officers were brought back to the area of the nursing home and started a second search of the facility and adjoining areas,” Hundley said.
With no new information coming in and the arrival of the cold front, it was decided to request additional manpower for a third search of the facility and surrounding area.
Paris Fire and Rescue personnel were assigned the interior of the facility for the third search and found a door to an electrical closet locked.
“Getting the door open revealed the patient in this small space. The patient was okay with no additional problems,” the police chief said.
The police department sent out an additional CodeRED message cancelling the missing person.
“The department appreciates the many leads that did come in on this potentially life-threatening event for this patient,” Hundley said.
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