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Missing man, 81, located and returned to his family

UPDATE (9:27 a.m.):

An elderly man that went missing Sunday has been located safe, police said.

Ben Davis Hoff, 81, wandered away from his family’s home on the 6400 block of Old Plank Road in Spotsylvania County around 1 p.m. Sunday.

According to Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, a citizen spotted Hoff near the bus station in downtown Fredericksburg Monday morning and recognized him from the picture and article in the local news.

Officers with the Fredericksburg Police Department responded to the bus station and safely recovered Hoff and returned him to his family.

According to the officers, Hoff had stayed in a nearby motel room after going to the bus station on Sunday evening and saw that it was closed.

Hoff, who lives in the El Dorado, Calif. area, was in town to visit relatives. Family members said he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Spotsylvania Sheriff Roger L. Harris expressed his gratitude to the many media representatives who quickly got this story out to the public.

“It’s teamwork and cooperation that helps brining these types of situations to a remarkable and safe resolution,” he said.

Spotsylvania County authorities are searching for a missing elderly man.

According to Capt. Jeff Pearce with the Spotsylvania sheriff’s office, 81-year-old Ben Davis Hoff wandered away from his family’s home in the 6400 block of Old Plank Road around 1 p.m. Sunday.

Ben D. Hoff

Ben D. Hoff

Hoff, who is from the El Dorado, Calif. area, is in the local area visiting relatives.

“It is possible that Mr. Hoff may be attempting to make his way back home to his home in California and could be confused by his surroundings,” Pearce said.

He is described as a white male, standing about 6 fet tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. He has gray hair and hazel eyes.

He was last seen wearing a blue jacket, a black and white plaid shirt, black sweat pants, loafers, wire-rimmed glasses and he walks with a cane.

Pearce said he is only wearing his upper denture, so he may have difficulty speaking. He also suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, he said.

Deputies and tracking canine units searched the area, but were unable to locate him.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or contact the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office at 540/582-7115.