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Late-night search for missing La Pine man, 77, prompts emergency alert to residents, one of whom found him

(Update: More info on who received alerts)

La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) – A 77-year-old La Pine man was reported missing from his home late Friday night, prompting a search by several agencies and the use of Deschutes County’s Emergency Preparedness Network to notify more than 150 area residents, one of whom found him on a nearby street.

The sheriff’s office was dispatched around 11 p.m. to the report of a missing man in the 15000 block of Twin Drive, Sergeant Jason Wall said.

“The male was believed to have diminished cognitive abilities,” Wall wrote in a news release, “and together with the inclement weather and cold temperatures, the Emergency Preparedness Network was utilized to notify citizens in the general vicinity to be on the lookout.”

A total of 165 area residents within a half-mile radius received the alerts, Wall said.

Bend and Sunriver police and Oregon State Police assisted in the search, providing a K-9 team and a drone, Wall said. The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team also was activated to help.

The missing man was located around 1 a.m. Saturday by a homeowner on a nearby street, the sergeant said. "The male was found to be in relatively good condition, however, was evaluated by medics out of an abundance of caution,” Wall said.

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