LIMINGTON, Maine (WGGB/CNN) — A Maine man who was missing for more than 14 hours was found safe Tuesday morning after he walked up to a television crew getting ready to do a story about him.
Search and rescue teams spent more than 14 hours searching an area of Limington after 73-year-old Robert McDonough, who has dementia, disappeared Monday afternoon.
Around 6 a.m., search teams were briefed and started to intensify their effort.
“It was going into the second operational period, which means were starting to ramp up, use a lot of GPS technology. We would have pilots, ATV, K-9′s,” says Lt. Adam Gormely of the Maine Warden Service.
Just as our ABC affiliate in Portland, WMTW-TV, was getting ready for a live update at 6:30, a gentleman walked up to their crew and identified himself to us as Bob McDonough.
After speaking with him for a few minutes, the crew from WMTW called the warden service, who, along with a family member, said that was in fact, Bob.
“He was kind of like, what is all the concern about, didn’t even recognize the fact that we had been searching for him, real fortunate for us he was able to come out,” Gormely adds.
Wardens had hoped McDonough would be up and moving around when the sun came up and that either police or a passer-by would spot him.
Gormely notes, “Early morning, we were really hoping the sun really bring him back to the road, and fortunately, he did. It brought him back to you.”
Aside from a little blood on his hand and shirt, wardens say he was physically fine.
The search teams are trained to deal with cases of dementia, and are happy Robert McDonough showed up safe and sound.
“I have learned early I make no prediction on those…always assume that he is alive and well right until the end for us, good,” Gormely explains.