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UPDATE: Smart phones can help rescuers find missing person

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COLLEGEDALE, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: A man that suffers from dementia and diabetes is home after a day long search for the elderly man found him safe.

77-year-old Bill McKinney was found in Red Bank.

He went missing around 7-o'clock Monday morning from a home on Cedar Creek Road in Collegedale.

Channel 3 Eyewitness News was on the scene with searchers when the call came in that McKinney was found.

"Certain situations happen, luckily this one's gonna have a great outcome today," Chief Clay Ingle said. "In their mind they aren't wandering. The biggest mistake people make about them is oh they don't walk fast, they can't get far.”

McKinney proved they can travel a good distance, making his way from Collegedale to Red Bank.

"He evidently hitched a ride and rode over there," said Ingle. "There's no telling how far he walked before catching a ride."

6 in 10 people with dementia will wander. Several things are on the market that attach to clothing to help locate a wandering family member. But Ingle says there's a simpler tool; a smart phone.

"That's one of the first things we do on a scene is find out if they have a smart phone," said Ingle. "If it's an iPhone we can go into your iCloud account and punch in your password and username and click on lost phone and it will show us where you're at."

He says there are several apps too, like Find My Friends and Find My iPhone, just to name a few.

"Lots of technology has come along in search and rescue," said Ingle.
McKinney's family did not wish to go on camera, but did say they are grateful their loved one is home safe and sound.

A 77-year-old man with dementia and diabetes who has been missing most of the day has been found safe. 

Bill McKinney was found just before 4:30 p.m. Friday in Red Bank. 

McKinney was last seen around 7 a.m. at a home on Cedar Creek Rd in Collegedale. 

Authorities say he is diabetic and it appears no insulin was taken Monday morning. 

First responders searched the house, around the house and other known places he's visited. 

Hamilton County deputies and STARS were involved in the search. 
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