Missing 84-year-old local man found in W.Va.

Aaron Krause • Oct 24, 2013 at 11:07 PM

An 84-year-old Milan Township man reported missing by family members Monday afternoon is back home and doing fine, Erie County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dennis Papineau said.

Erie County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said West Virginia authorities found Jack Smith in his disabled car partially on a roadway, more than 300 miles from his home. He was experiencing "some type of medical problem" and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

An official at Hampshire Memorial Hospital said it's the institution's policy not to release medical information of patient status. Oliver said due to patient privacy laws, local authorities aren't sure what type of ailment Smith had.

Papineau, through Smith's granddaughter, confirmed Smith is fine, but said she did not wish to speak to the media.

Oliver said an Erie County Sheriff's deputy stopped Smith for an equipment violation at 1:47 a.m. Monday. At 2:33 a.m. Monday, he was pulled over again, this time by the Sandusky Police Department.

Smith hadn't been seen since the. A family member reported him missing at 3 p.m. Monday.

Oliver said authorities entered Smith's information into a LEADS database, which is accessed by police departments nationwide. Local authorities also put out a "be on the look-out" alert for Smith.

Once Smith returned home family members "were happy to know he was OK as are we," Oliver said.

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