Missing elderly man with dementia returns home

LOWER ALSACE TWP., Pa. - An elderly man who was missing for much of the day Friday has returned home, police said.

Clifford Defrees left his home in the 600 block of North 25th Street in Lower Alsace Township, Berks County, Friday morning. He was due to arrive at his son's home in Montgomery Township, Montgomery County, around 9:30 a.m., according to the Central Berks Regional Police Department.

He never arrived, said police, who filed a missing persons report.

That report prompted a response from the Doylestown Police Department in Bucks County, which reported that Defrees asked an officer for directions earlier in the day Friday.

Defrees called his son late Friday afternoon and told him he had returned home, said police, who responded to the residence to confirm that he was safe.

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