Man, 83, who went missing found locked in a closet

Man, 83, who went missing found locked in a closet

EUGENE, Ore. -- The 83-year-old man with dementia who was feared missing in the cold after he vanished from his residential living facility Monday has been found alive locked inside a closet in the building.

Eugene Police officials asked for the public's help in locating Walter Carlson after he vanished from Southtowne Living Center near 29th and Lincoln Street around 1:37 p.m.

Officials at the assisted living center said that Walter Carlson (who also goes by Walt, or "Coach") suffers from dementia and requires medical supervision.

With the recent cold snap, police were concerned that Carlson might not be able to find his way home and would be exposed to the elements.

Crews worked until 3 a.m. searching the area around the building.

He remained missing at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Police reported just before 9 a.m. that Carlson was found alive and health inside a locked closet, more than 19 hours after he disappeared.

Many people had searched the building several times, but for some reason that particular closet door did not get opened, police said. The door was usually kept shut and locked, police said.

(Below is a missing flier from Southtowne  Living Center)