Missing Pascagoula man found in Louisiana

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - An 82-year-old Pascagoula man who had been missing for more than 24 hours was found alive Thursday evening. Larry Benefield said his father Robert Benefield suffers from dementia. Robert Benefield drove away from his Pascagoula house Wednesday morning and didn't come back, sparking what the family called a chaotic search.

Thursday, Larry Benefield went from gas station to gas station hoping to find someone who had seen his father, a retired sailor and general contractor.

"He went to get a tire fixed and got lost," Larry Benefield said. "He has some dementia. He got disoriented. He's trying to find his way back home."

At 4:15 a.m. Pascagoula police say a truck driver on Interstate 49 in Alexandria, LA spotted Robert Benefield driving westbound in the eastbound lanes. The truck driver was able to get Benefield to stop, then told him that he was going the wrong way to get to Pascagoula. The trucker explained to Benefield how to get home, but Benefield did not follow the directions and turned onto another highway.

Then shortly before 6 p.m. Larry Benefield called WLOX to report his father had been found in Baton Rouge near the LSU campus. Larry said paramedics were with his father and other than being dehydrated, Robert Benefield was okay.

Larry Benefield said he would like to thank everyone who helped in the search.

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