Missing ME Man found, suffers from dementia

LIMINGTON, ME (WHDH) — More than 14 hours after the search for 73-year-old Robert McDonough started, he made it back home…just in time for the evening news.

A reporter was getting ready to give an update on the search when a man walked up to the crew and identified himself as the missing man.

Lt. Adam Gormely of the Maine Warden Service said McDonough had no idea what the commotion was about.

“He really had no idea what all the concern was about…didn’t even really recognize the fact that we’ve been searching for him. So, real fortunate for us that he was able to come out,” said Gormely.

Aside from a little blood on his hands and shirt, Maine Warden Service said physically he was fine.

The search teams are trained to deal with people with dementia and they said they were happy they could help.

“I’ve learned early on I can make no prediction on those and always assume that he’s alive and well right to the end. So for us, good,” said Gormely.

The man’s family was notified and they came to the scene to make sure it was really him and bring him home.