Missing 61-year-old man with dementia found safe

The 61-year-old was found safe Thursday

61-year-old Ronald Aune was reunited with his family after being missing overnight on Nov. 22. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The 61-year-old man who was last seen near his home on SE Lexington Street at 4 p.m. on Wednesday was found Thursday morning, according to officials.

Mountain Wave Search and Rescue said on Twitter that Ronald Aune — who has dementia — was found safe and thanked everyone for their help.

“He went up and knocked on the door, a woman answered and asked some questions he didn’t know the answer to, just kind of walked away and the good Samaritan followed him and called the police and happy ending,” Aune’s son, Josh, told KOIN 6 News.

Portland Police received a call to perform a welfare check on a man wandering the area of Southeast 60th Avenue and Belmont Street shortly before 11 a.m. When they arrived, they found Ronald– who was reunited with his family shortly after.

Ronald’s wife and son — who were up all night searching for him– told KOIN 6 News that his feet and legs were wet, muddy and bloody and he had some blisters on his feet, so they may take him to an urgent care clinic for treatment.

According to Ronald’s wife, he has not driven a car in years due to his dementia.

Ronald’s family said he has walked away before, but always had taken his wallet, phone and key to the house and return home after a reasonable time. His family described this episode as “much different.”