Missing man found safe

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A 79-year-old Topeka man who went missing yesterday is safe and returning to his family this morning.

Officers say law enforcement officials in Hickory County Missouri found Gary Dee Atkinson earlier Friday morning.

  The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office says he was not injured and should be reunited with his family today.

  Atkinson who suffers from dementia went missing Thursday  morning after he left his home in the 5200 block of Southwest 40th Terrace.   He left  at 9 a.m. leaving a note saying he was going to the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.    Library surveillance video and records showed him checking out two books at 11:13 a.m.

The Topeka Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Gary Dee Adkinson, 79, Topeka.  Gary suffers from dementia.  He left his residence in the 5200 block of SW 40th Terrace on today’s date at 9 a.m. leaving a note saying he was going to the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.  Library surveillance video and records show him checking out two books at 11:13 a.m.  At that time he is seen wearing sunglasses on top of head.  He is described as a white male, 509/160lbs, very short grey hair / balding.  He wears glasses only when reading, has a tattoo of a dagger on his left forearm. Gary was last known to be wearing a light yellow polo with thin blue horizontal stripes & blue jeans.

Gary is driving a white 4 door 2011 Mazda 3 KS: 748 DFH.No special identifiers with the vehicle.

Investigation continues, police ask anyone with information to call detectives at 368-9400 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 234-0007.

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