WICHITA, Kansas-- A frantic family reported a loved one missing after Ladis Lado-Vasquez, 73 never returned home from his morning walk Sunday morning.
Police and volunteers spent hours searching for the man and they didn't have to look very far.
"I was at church and my mom called me up and said he was missing." said Joseph Vasquez, grandson. "So right away we all started to pray."
The family prayed for hours Sunday morning for the safe return of Ladis Lado-Vasquez, 73.
"He said he went out for the morning paper and took a walk," said Joseph Vasquez. "He suffers from Alzheimer so once he went up the street and around he forgot where he was."
Vasquez was last seen in the 900 block of N. Oliver.
"We actually brought out everything that we have," said Sgt. Bart Brunscheen for Wichita Police Department. "We had the fire department come out."
About a dozen volunteers with the Sedgwick County Emergency Management K9 Team spent nearly 8 hours searching near the family's home in the 1200 block of N. Terrace.
"We got here as fast as we can for everything, but it all depends on you know the weather and all of that," said Matt Kuestersteff, S.C.M.E Volunteer.
But volunteers didn't have to search very far.
Mr. Vasquez returned home hours later thanks to the help of a Good Samaritan.
"Someone saw him walking and asked him if he needed a ride," said Joseph Vasquez. "He knew his address so they brought him home safely."
The family tells KSN News they feared for his health because he has diabetes, but the 73-year-old appeared to be in good condition.
"He's a little tired and dehydrated right now," said Joseph Vasquez. "We just gave him his medicine and insulin and he looks a lot better."
The family expressed their gratitude to police and search volunteers.
As for the Good Samaritan, that person took off before the family could say thank you.
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