Phone call locates 83-year-old man with Alzheimer's



OLYMPIA, Wash. - An 83-year-old man with Alzheimer's walked away from his home and was located 10 miles away Friday near Olympia because of a phone call.  


Thurston County deputies and search and rescue teams started looking immediately after they found out that retired Colonel Neil Skill walked away from his family’s home during the night.


“Based on the weather conditions going on today, it was extremely critical with this gentleman’s age and his medical conditions,” said Ray Brady with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.


In additions to searching the area around the home, the Sheriff’s Office reached out to Intercity Transit in Olympia, and dispatchers put out an alert to every bus driver in the fleet to be on the lookout for Skill.


Skill was then located on a bus.


“He said he was going to Oregon, I believe, and he didn’t have any money or anything. He wanted to get to Greyhound,” said bus driver Herb Bailey.


Bailey called dispatch to inform them about Skill.


“He just got off and he was headed across the street to the Greyhound station,” said Bailey.


Deputies raced to the station and found Skill, and he was more than 10 miles from his home.


“I’m cold and I’m wet,” Skill told police when they brought him to his home.


Skill is now back safe with his family.