Missing Pekin man found

By WEEK Reporter

April 19, 2014 Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- The 80-year-old resident that went missing from Pekin's Grand Victorian assisted living facility was found just before 11p.m. Friday.

Pekin Police responded to a call from the facility just after 5 p.m. Friday saying that James L. Diegel was missing. Sources said Diegel had a "temporary lapse of confusion" and took off in a parked but running van.

After a 5-hour search, police said Manito officers found Diegel sitting in a Manito parking lot.

Pekin Detective Mike Eeten said they contacted dozens of outlets to spread the word.

"We obviously contacted the media, social media, activated the emergency alert system on your TV. We even did what's called 'A Child is Missing Alert.' Even thought he wasn't a child, this system can make phone calls to everyone in the surrounding area to let them know who we're looking for," said Detective Eeten.

Police say the public's tips played a huge role in locating the resident.

Grand Victorian officials declined to go on camera, but a representative from the center's managing company said both the resident and van were recovered safely.

Diegel is now back at the facility.

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