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Missing Oradell Man, 79, Found 'Not Hurt At All -- Just A Couple Scratches'

If you see Donald Richard, please contact the nearest police department immediately.
If you see Donald Richard, please contact the nearest police department immediately. Photo Credit: FAMILY PHOTO
If you see Donald Richard, please contact the nearest police department immediately.
If you see Donald Richard, please contact the nearest police department immediately. Photo Credit: FAMILY PHOTO

ORADELL, N.J. ( UPDATE ) -- A 79-year-old Oradell man with Alzheimer's and dementia who went missing Monday was found safe Tuesday night, Daily Voice has learned.

Whoever found Donald Richard "brought him to Bergen Regional [Medical Center in Paramus], where doctors examined him around 8:30 [p.m.]," a loved one told Daily Voice.

"He is not hurt at all -- just a couple scratches, thank God," he said.

Oradell police, who were the case's lead agency, joyfully reported the discovery, as did Maywood and Paramus police.

The good news spread quickly across social media.

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Authorities Tuesday afternoon asked residents in and around Oradell to check their sheds as a massive search continued for a missing 79-year-old Alzheimer's patient who also suffers from dementia.

Donald Richard is also diabetic and would need immediate treatment once he's found. Given the temperature, he would likely be suffering from hypothermia.

A former Elmwood Park firefighter, Richard has been known to frequent Paramus, authorities said.

Described as 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, he was last seen around 5:20 p.m. Monday walking south on Forest Avenue, wearing blue jeans, gray sneakers and a Navy blue LL Bean jacket.

Diabetes can present itself with slurred speech, inability to walk properly, diminished motor skills, altered mental status and a sweet smell on the breath, experts note.

Mr. Richard has two relatives on the Maywood Fire Department who searched through the night, along with Emerson, Oradell and Paramus police and firefighters, among others.

The Bergen County Sheriff's Office also sent up drones late Tuesday afternoon.

Maywood and other departments also dispatched K9 units.

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