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CodeRED alert canceled after missing Paris man is located in Greenville

A 72-year-old Paris man for whom a CodeRed Alert was issued on Thursday has been located in Greenville, Paris police chief Bob Hundley says.

The son of Morris Wayne Smith had called police and reported that his father – who he said suffers from dementia — had driven away from his residence in the 2000 block of Bella Vista and had not returned.

A statewide missing person’s alert was issued.

In Greenville, police were told that a man had locked himself out of his vehicle at a gas station. When the volunteer Citizens on Patrol unit entered the vehicle’s registration number into a statewide system, the computer return revealed a Silver Alert had been placed on the vehicle.

Smith was taken to the Greenville police station to await transportation back to Paris.

In other police activity in Paris on Thursday, a 24-year-old man told police that he was stopped in the 300 block of Southwest 3rd Street by two masked men in a dark-colored vehicle who pointed a gun at him and ordered him to get inside.

The man told police they drove to about the 1500 block of Old Jefferson Road and demanded everything in his pockets. His captors then left him there, he said. He called police after walking to another location, he said.

The incident, which was one of 98 calls responded to on Thursday, is under investigation, Hundley said.

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