Update: Council Bluffs Police Locate Missing Man

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

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A Council Bluffs man suffering from Alzheimer's Disease was located Friday morning after being missing for hours in frigid conditions.

Seventy-year-old Phillip Kephart left his home near 13th St. and 27th Avenue in Council Bluffs around 11:30 Thursday evening.

His wife called police about two hours later when Kephart had not returned home. She told them he has Alzheimer's disease.

The Omaha Police helicopter helped in the search for a time and officers on the ground exhausted any locations where he may be.

Around 7:15 Friday morning, a neighbor warming up his truck noticed some movement inside. It was Kephart. The Lewis family brought him inside, wrapped him in blankets and called 911.

One of Kephart's sons, Michael McMurray, told WOWT 6 News he's grateful his father was found.

"As far as we know, he was wearing a pair of socks and a sweatshirt and a pair of jeans. So, this kind of cold... no way, you know. We were thinking the worst," McMurray said. "So yeah, we're very lucky."

Lynda Lewis described Kephart's condition saying, "He was coherent but a little disoriented. I'm just so grateful that he's been found and found alive."

"He was shivering and patting his legs," Paul Davis said. "He went into hypothermia."

Paul Lewis added that fate may have played into Kephart finding his way inside the truck where he was located.

"My son didn't lock the truck," he said. "I harp on him, lock the truck, lock the truck." Well, he didn't lock the truck and so my son's the one that really saved him."

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