Missing Bay Area man with dementia, 84, found safe in LA

ANTIOCH — An 84-year-old man whose concerning absence spurred a large volunteer-led weekend search has been found about 350 miles away in Los Angeles, authorities said.

In a statement Monday afternoon, police said Ramon Fernandez was located safe and alone around 3 p.m. Police said Los Angeles County adult-protective services staff would coordinate his return.

Fernandez had last been seen about 7:30 a.m. Friday in the 1200 block of A Street. In his wake, Antioch police officers and detectives as well as more than 45 volunteers from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team combed the city for signs of him, and the California Highway Patrol had issued a “silver alert” for him.

Fernandez has dementia and usually uses a wheelchair but had been seen on video surveillance without it, authorities said.

Antioch police noted the Alzheimer’s Association has posted information here on wandering behaviors for those afflicted with dementia.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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