Man With Alzheimer's Wanders Off, Police Find Him - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

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Man With Alzheimer's Wanders Off, Police Find Him

   An elderly Shreveport man who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease gave his family quite a scare Thursday morning when he wandered off from home on Rear Jamison Street.  In fact, his family became so concerned that they called Shreveport police.
  "The original call came in as a missing persons case," said Ofcr. Linda Burak.  "The granddaughter heard him between 5:30 and 6:00 in the kitchen, and the next thing you know, they got up and the door's wide open."
  Burak and other officers immediately began a search of the north Shreveport neighborhood  for Elijah Kimble, 84, who was last seen wearing a white shirt and suspenders.  When they found him less than an hour later, he had no shirt on at all.
   "He was a couple of blocks over on Nash (Street)," said Cpl. Leo Fartaczek, who actually found Kimble and drove him home.  "He was just sitting on a (stranger's) porch."
   Kimble's daughter quickly took him into her arms and led him into their home.   Still shaken from the ordeal, she fought back tears as she told KSLA News 12 she's grateful police found him.
   "That's great news.  That's great news 'cause he was so cold.  He was just shivering," said Tonnette Brown.  "He's ok.  He doesn't have any scratches on him or anything."
  Brown says her father was just a bit confused, wondering what all the commotion was about when he returned home.
  "The first thing he asked me was, 'What's going on?'," she said.  "I said, 'You're what's going on!'."
 Story by Katrina Webber

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