Elderly St. Anthony man with dementia found

The night of Sept. 13 St. Anthony police posted a missing person alert to their Facebook page. 

Thomas, whose last name was not included to protect his family, 87 years old and with dementia, was last seen earlier that afternoon at a jewelry store on Pentagon Drive in St. Anthony. Luckily, he wasn’t missing for long.

The next morning on Sept. 14 police announced that Thomas had been located and returned home to his family. 

“Thank you to all in the community for your concern and assistance with looking out for Tom,” wrote the St. Anthony police in an update to the missing person alert.

Shortly after the police posted the alert, support poured in from people inside and out of the city. 

Some who knew Thomas said he was a sweet man and expressed sadness at the news. One woman asked if the police needed volunteers to look for him — the department declined because they didn’t have a good idea of where he was.

Another commentator chipped in information about people with dementia and ways for someone who finds Thomas to communicate with him. 

A lot of concern came in the form of neighbors anxiously awaiting an update. 

People outside of St. Anthony, in nearby places like New Brighton and various areas of Minneapolis, said they shared the missing person alert with their community Facebook groups and would keep an eye out in their areas. 

When Thomas was found the next morning, the support poured in once more, this time in the form of relief. 

People posted every kind of joyous exclamation at the news of Thomas being back with his family. And people complimented and thanked the St. Anthony police for finding him. 

 

—Solomon Gustavo

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