UPDATE: According to Sheriff Roger L. Harris, 81-year-old Ben Davis Hoff was located safely on Monday morning and has since returned to his family in Spotsylvania County.
A citizen spotted Hoff at a downtown Fredericksburg station and recalled seeing his photograph in the local news. Fredericksburg City Police Officers responded to the scene and recovered the elderly California man.
Police say Hoff had stayed in a nearby motel after he attempted to enter the closed bus station Sunday evening.
Sheriff Harris said in a press release, "it's teamwork and cooperation that helps in bringing these types of situations to a remarkable and safe resolution."
SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating an elderly California man who went missing Sunday afternoon.
Ben Davis Hoff, 81, of El Dorado, Calif., was visiting relatives in the Fredericksburg area of Spotsylvania County when he wandered away from his family's home on the 6400 block of Old Plank Road around 1 p.m. on Feb. 16.
Hoff, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's disease, is a white male weighing approximately 160 pounds. He has gray hair, hazel eyes and is 6 feet 1 inch tall. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket, black and white plaid shirt, black sweatpants, loafers, wire-rim glasses and using a cane. He is wearing only his upper denture, and may have difficulty speaking.
Deputies and tracking K-9s were activated on Sunday to search for Hoff, but he has not yet been located. Anyone with information on Hoff's whereabouts is asked to call the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office at 540-582-7115. Police say Hoff may be attempting to make his way back to California and could be confused by his surroundings.
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