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Police credit Pokémon Go with helping in search for missing man

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BURTON, MI (WNEM) -

Pokémon Go saves the day!

Police credit the popular new app with helping in the search for a missing man.

According to the Burton Police Department, the man walked away from an assisted living facility Wednesday night.

Central dispatch sent a reverse call to everyone in the area.

Three women out playing Pokémon Go got the message and found the missing man soon afterward.

"It just so happens that one of the first Pokestops in Flint is down here near the viaduct on S. Saginaw," said Gina Ware-Munger, one of the woman who discovered the man.

Her niece Haley Danks said they saw him as they were slowing down to catch the Pokestop.

"He was laying on the bench there and we thought that kind of looks like the guy they just described," Danks said.

That man was a 53-year-old man reported missing from a Burton assisted living center.

"We got a call from three ladies that said they had found him right down here just north of us. When we got here they happened to be playing Pokemon Go. They did receive the alert from 911, which is an excellent tool for us to use," said Don Schreiber, with the Burton Police Department.

The Pokemon Go hunters said what happened is another example of the good playing Pokemon Go can do.

"We're getting out. We're walking the streets to play a game and here we are. We're present in the community and because we were here and had our eyes peeled, that gentleman's situation was able to come to a happy conclusion probably a lot quicker than it would have, all thanks to Pokemon Go," Ware-Munger said.

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