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Police find missing Spokane man, 78

Mon., Dec. 14, 2009, 9:19 p.m.

A 78-year-old man with dementia spent most of Monday and early today wandering through the downtown area before he was located by police through a suspicious person call at 4 a.m., a police spokesman said this morning.

He was suffering from hypothermia and was taken to Deaconess Medical Center, police said.

On Monday, Elliott C. Spreen had last been seen about 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Doctors Building. Spreen didn’t have an appointment that day, so staff called his sister, whom he lives with in the area of 3700 E. Bridgeport Ave. Spreen was to take an STA bus home but never arrived, his sister told police.

Police scoured the area and notified STA drivers but found no sign of Spreen on Tuesday evening, said Sgt. Tracie Meidl.

“He is very unsteady on his feet and is on medication for tremors,” according to a news release.

Early this morning, police received a call from a Browne’s Addition resident about a suspicious man in the neighborhood, and it turned out to be Spreen, said Officer Tim Moses.

Later, police learned that Spreen had gone into a convenience store and food outlet at Fourth Avenue and Maple Street about 1 a.m., but no report was made about him at the time.

“He’d been wandering around quite a little bit,” Moses said.

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