DANVILLE -- An elderly Danville man whose cellphone was tracked about 275 miles away after his wife reported him missing late Tuesday was found safe Wednesday afternoon in Frazier Park, CA, police said.
Nicholas Tutino, 83, was found by California Highway Patrol officers who responded to a 911 call reporting a suspicious man, Danville police Lt. Jeff Moule said. When officers arrived, they identified Tutino as the subject of a Silver Alert broadcast by CHP, which had been running statewide since Wednesday morning.
Tutino was reported missing at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, more than 11 hours after he left to run some errands, Moule said. When police tracked Tutino's cellphone, the signal indicated that the phone was in Kern County near Interstate 5, about four hours from Danville.
After being found, Tutino was taken to the hospital to be evaluated. Police originally said that they believed Tutino to be confused, and did not suspect foul play of any kind.
"We are very appreciative of the assistance we received from both the Kern County Sheriff's Office as well as the CHP," said Moule. "We are very happy for the Tutino family that this situation was resolved safely and quickly."