Police locate once missing elderly man with Alzheimer’s

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UPDATE (8:07 a.m.): The search is over for a 77-year-old man with Alzheimer’s.  Family of Coy Wilkinson called police after he never returned home from walking his dogs.  Officers said Wilkinson walked to Waterman’s Family Farms, a nursery he enjoys visiting.  Owner Bruce Waterman, who lives in a nearby house, located Wilkinson and took him home.

Original Story: INDIANAPOLIS — Metro police and firefighters are on the city’s southeast side searching for an elderly man who reportedly walked away from his house early Thursday morning.

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Missing 77-year-old Coy Wilkinson pictured with his wife. Wilkinson went missing early Thursday morning from his southeast side home.

Police first responded to the Lucky Star Mobile Homes to investigate a missing person in the 800 block of Irwin Avenue around 2:30 a.m.

Once on scene they learned Coy Wilkinson, 77, had gone missing while walking his Yorkshire Terrier named Milo.

Police describe Coy as a white male, 5’5″ tall, 165 lb, with brown hair & blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a red flannel top. His family says he often walked his dog at odd hours.

The Indianapolis Fire Department responded to the scene around 4:20 a.m. with 11 pieces of fire equipment to assist in the search.

Anyone that sees an elderly man walking a dog, or looking like he’s searching for a dog on the southeast side should contact police immediately.

This story will be updated with new information as we learn it.

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