Missing Waterville man found safe

Posted July 02, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A local elderly man who had been missing for about eight hours Tuesday was found safe, police said.

Wesley Johnston, 82, had been reported missing by his family around 1:45 p.m., according to Waterville Detective Sgt. William Bonney.

Bonney said Johnston and his brother had gone to a grocery store around 10 a.m., and Johnston had planned on staying in a pickup truck and waiting.

About a half-hour later when Johnston’s brother came out, Wesley had wandered off, according to Bonney.

The incident was reported to police about two hours later, and a state police canine unit, the Maine Warden Service and Waterville firefighters assisted Waterville police with the search, Bonney said.

Shortly after 7 p.m., Johnston was located in a wooded area lying down under a tree near the area where he had been seen last, Bonney said.

Johnston was suffering from dehydration but was otherwise not injured. Bonney said he was taken to MaineGeneral Hospital’s Thayer campus to be examined.

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