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Missing 76-Year-Old Man Found Safe, Unharmed

Helicopter patrols announced the search for the missing man while circling Cupertino neighborhoods Tuesday night.

A 76-year-old Cupertino man reported missing Tuesday night was located safe and unharmed the same night, police said.

A report that the man, whose name was not released, had not returned home from a visit to a local retailer came in to Santa Clara County Sheriff’s at about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The man was reported found in the Alderbrook Lane area at about 9:08 p.m., Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Don Morrissey said.

A resident on Las Ondas Way, which is about a mile from where the man was found, said a helicopter was circling the area announcing the search for the lost man.

“There was a helicopter making an announcement about some lost elderly man in a light colored shirt around Blaney. If anyone sees him we’re supposed to call 9-1-1,” she wrote in an email.

Morrissey said the department took advantage of the use of the helicopter, which was on a routine patrol that evening and in the region.

The same Las Ondas Way resident said the helicopter made a second announcement when the man was found.

Paramedics checked the man and determined he was in good health and was returned home.

MaryJane Donofrio May 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I heard the announcement. I wish they made it more clear that this was not a dangerous situation . I did not hear that it was an elderly man.
Anne Ernst (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Thankfully it turned out to not be a dangerous situation. The person I talked to who reported hearing the announcement hear that the missing person was elderly. Maybe the helicopter was closer to her house at the time so it was easier to hear.

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