Missing 71-year-old Wake County man found alive

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Friday, July 7, 2023
Missing 71-year-old Wake County man found alive
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A 71-year-old man walked away from his home Thursday night and has not been seen since.

APEX, N.C. (WTVD) -- A 71-year-old man walked away from his home Thursday night and was found alive 14 hours later on Friday afternoon.

Cecil Olive was found on New Hill Olive Chapel Road just after 2:30 p.m.

Olive's family said they spent a few hours searching for him Thursday before calling 911 at 10:30 p.m.

Olive is believed to have dementia or Alzehimer's disease.

"The more time that passes by, the more distance that could be occurring. And we don't have any idea at this point if he got in a car with someone, if he's still on foot, if he's laid down somewhere because he's tired. That'd be perfectly understandable, so we just don't know ," Tony Godwin said.