Beavercreek man with dementia missing since Thursday found alive

A 77-year-old missing Beavercreek man with dementia was found alive Saturday after he had been missing since Thursday afternoon.

Jerry Hetzel walked away from his home at 1 p.m. Thursday and did not return. An Endangered Missing Adult Alert was issued later Thursday afternoon but was canceled around 5:20 p.m. Saturday.

Hetzel was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, Beavercreek police said.

Community searches were organized Friday and Saturday in the Spicer Heights neighborhood of Beavercreek that also included wooded areas to help find Hetzel. Residents also were asked to be vigilant and check any sheds, boats, and campers that could provide shelter.

“We appreciate all the search parties and volunteers who dedicated time and resources in finding Hetzel,” Beavercreek police posted Saturday evening on social media.

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