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Nursing home resident found safe in Houston after lengthy search
Polk County Enterprise
LIVINGSTON — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office launched a search for a missing nursing home resident early Saturday morning when nurses reported a 52-year-old male patient missing after a 1:30 a.m. bed check. Deputy Billy Duke responded to Timberwood Nursing Home and staff told him the man had lived there about one year and had traveling privileges that allowed him to come and go as he pleased. During the initial investigation Duke was told that the patient has a history of walking away from other nursing homes and not returning. Deputies searched roadways and neighborhoods around the nursing home, but were unable to locate him, according to Det. Richard Delaney of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. At about noon Saturday, family members received several phone calls from the patient which led them to believe he might be lost in the woods around the nursing home. PCSO patrol officers, reserve officers and detectives were joined by personnel from the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department and Texas Equusearch of Houston and athorough search was made of areas within a three mile radius of the nursing home. At about 9:30 p.m. the patient again made contact by telephone and detectives determined he was at a grocery store in the Houston area. Nursing home staff were able to make arrangements to pick the patient up. A subsequent investigation by PCSO determined that the patient contacted a friend to pick him up at the nursing home. The friend was not identified and detectives have not determined why the patient was left alone in the Houston area.