MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A missing man with dementia has been found.
Police say 75-year-old Kenneth Thompson was last seen around 6: 30 p.m. Tuesday near Walnut Grove Road and North Holmes Street.
He was found safe Wednesday afternoon six and a half miles away from his home after a caller tipped off police.
This was the ending family and first responders were hoping for.
His daughter Desiree Thompson said he was found at a car lot.
WMC Action News 5 was there as Kenneth was safely brought home Wednesday afternoon.
"It makes me very happy to know that they found him,” Desiree said.
Desiree said she’s beyond grateful to have her father back home.
"He knew who I was and everything, so I was just relieved by that,” Desiree said.
Desiree said her father was recently diagnosed with dementia.
He walked away from their North Holmes Street home Tuesday evening around 6:30 p.m.
“He was known to leave the area,” said MPD Lieutenant Karen Rudolph. “Leave this home, but he always came back.”
According to Ruthann Shelton, who works with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Memphis, thousands of people in Shelby County are living with dementia.
“They don’t reason very well,” Shelton said. “They can’t use good judgment.”
MPD searched for Kenneth overnight when temperatures were in the low to mid-20s. They called in K9s and received assistance from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
Police said someone spotted Kenneth and called police.
"He was telling them that he had to get a car,” Desiree said. “That I needed a car. Mind you that my car messed up yesterday, so he was thinking about me."
The scary situation turned into a lesson with a happy ending for the Thompson family.
“I’m going to try and keep a close eye on him as much as I can,” Desiree said. “He’s going to be my right leg if I have to.”