Maplewood man found after day-long search

Police say he was missing for nearly 24 hours

Maplewood police reported last week that an elderly man who went missing Tuesday, Sept. 24 was found in Cannon Falls the following day and is now back safely in his Maplewood residence.

Arthur Robert Arnold Jr., 84, left his home at about 11.:30 a.m. Tuesday to get his hair cut in St. Paul, but never made his way there. It was reported that while his wife normally accompanies Arnold to the barbershop, she did not make the trip on this occasion. Police said he didn't have a cell phone and is believed to be in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Family members, including the missing man's wife and daughter, volunteered to assist police during the search.

After a full evening of searching, family members told police that Arnold had not yet been found. He left his home in his 2010 maroon Lexus RX 350 four-door sedan with Minnesota license plates 247-BMZ, which has still not been located.

At about 8 a.m. the following morning, police spotted Arnold in Cannon Falls. He was transported to the Mayo Clinic medical facility in Cannon Falls to be treated for exposure to cold weather.

When his wife heard the news that her husband had been located, she mentioned that Cannon Falls is where her husband usually goes hunting.

"We are happy that the missing man was found with only minimal injury," said Maplewood police chief Paul Schnell. "We are also grateful to the media and all the Facebook and Twitter users who helped us spread the word. While these types of cases are not regular occurrences, social media is an incredible tool."

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Arnold's car is asked to contact the Maplewood Police Department at 651-767-0640.

-Tim Faklis


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