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Des Moines, Iowa Police Search Missing Older Man

Des Moines police said an older man who went missing early Tuesday morning was found unharmed. Police said Gilberto Lopez, 80, was seen leaving his home near Jordan Park around 1 a.m. on Tuesday. He has since been reunited with his family. Police thanked the public for their help. Lopez was found by Hy-Vee Fast and Fresh manager Ted Jones and a repeat customer at around 7:25 a.m. Tuesday. The regular customer told Jones that she thinks the 80-year-old man up front fits Lopez’s description. “When I first spoke to him he didn’t know what street he lived on,” Jones said. “So I kind of thought he was a little lost.” Jones said Lopez told him his name, but couldn’t tell him much else. So he called 911 and offered Lopez a cup of coffee. “We just waited and talked with him,” Jones said. The officers had scoured the neighborhood on the south side of Des Moines all morning. Lopez disappeared around 1 a.m. and sleuths brought in from Boone County lost his scent around Walmart on South East 14th Street. Until the friendly faces of those at the Hyvee gas station came to his aid. “I’m just happy we brought him home where he belongs,” Jones said. Des Moines Police have a program called LOST, or Loved Ones Safe and Together. , to help families with people with Alzheimer’s. The database allows families to enter all the information and a photo of their loved one so that the police can have it quickly in the event of a disappearance. To participate, click here.

Des Moines police said an older man who went missing early Tuesday morning was found unharmed.

Police said Gilberto Lopez, 80, was seen leaving his home near Jordan Park around 1 a.m. on Tuesday. He has since been reunited with his family.

Police thanked the public for their help.

Lopez was found by Hy-Vee Fast and Fresh manager Ted Jones and a repeat customer at around 7:25 a.m. Tuesday.

The regular customer told Jones that she thinks the 80-year-old man up front fits Lopez’s description.

“When I first spoke to him he didn’t know what street he lived on,” Jones said. “So I thought he was a bit lost.”

Jones said Lopez told him his name, but couldn’t tell him much else. So he called 911 and offered Lopez a cup of coffee.

“We just waited and talked with him,” Jones said.

Officers had scoured the neighborhood on the south side of Des Moines all morning. Lopez disappeared around 1 a.m. and sleuths brought in from Boone County lost his scent around Walmart on South East 14th Street.

“As the sun rose we were starting to worry,” Des Moines police sergeant Paul Parizek said.

Until the friendly faces of those at the Hyvee gas station came to his aid.

“I’m just glad we got him home where he belongs,” Jones said.

Des Moines Police have a program called LOST, or Loved Ones Safe and Together, to help families with people with Alzheimer’s disease. The database allows families to enter all the information and a photo of their loved one so that the police can have it quickly in the event of a disappearance. To participate, click here.