Missing Hingham man with Alzheimer’s found safe after lengthy search

HINGHAM, Mass. (WHDH) — Police say they have found a man with Alzheimer’s who went missing Wednesday afternoon, and the Silver Alert has been canceled.

John Kelliher, 82, was reported missing from the Linden Ponds retirement community on Route 53 at around 5:30 p.m.

Brockton Police confirmed to 7News Thursday morning that Kelliher was found safe at Brockton High School. Kelliher has been taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

“It’s the worst feeling in the world to know they’re out there. It’s cold, it’s dark,” said Erin McGourty, Kelliher daughter.

Kelliher does not have a car, but police said an employee’s car was reported stolen from the same complex. Police believe the employee left the keys in the push-start car.

“He got in and remembered how to drive,” McGourty said.

According to an update from Hingham Police early Thursday morning, a motorist saw the missing vehicle stuck in a snowbank in Taunton. That driver stopped to help, then called police. But Kelliher, who was  driving the vehicle, left the scene before police arrived.

“He was happy as could be and happy to see us,” McGourty said after visiting with her father at the hospital.

Kelliher has since been released from the hospital.

 

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