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Missing man found after swift response

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Oather Mcpherson went missing Monday afternoon. Oather Mcpherson went missing Monday afternoon.

A quick trip to Home Depot for a Swartz Creek couple on Monday turned into a search for an elderly man that lasted for hours.

Helen Mcpherson thought her 77-year old husband Oather Mcpherson was inside the Flint Township store while she waited in the car.  But after not hearing from him and a search through the store, surveillance footage told a terrifying story.

"Never went into the store, never went into the store, and I said where did he go?  Back toward these woods. And you talk about scared to death. I was afraid he was dead," explained Helen Mcpherson.

She called 911 to report her husband, who has the early stages of dementia, was missing.  Flint Township Police devised a plan.

"When we're dispatched to this type of call, we try to learn from incidents in the past, and try to apply what we've learned and use it to try and have a more successful ending," said Flint Township Police Lt. Jim Baldwin.

Their first order of business was to act quick.

"Time is of the essence in circumstances like this," said Baldwin.

Flint Township Police contacted other local agencies and deployed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Monday night, one of the search teams spotted Mcpherson.

And for his wife of 56 years, it was a moment of jubilation.

"It's amazing. I knew God was, he was going to go after him, and he was saying keep on walking, keep on walking, and he was going to get him home," said Helen Mcpherson.

Officers with the Flint Township Police Department say that the policing career teaches them something new every single day. And the best way to be equipped is to learn and make sure they're prepared for any situation.

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