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Missing Craryville man found safe

Contributed photoJames G. Nielsen
November 19, 2018 02:15 pm Updated: November 19, 2018 04:36 pm

CRARYVILLE — State police have found a Craryville man who was reported missing early Monday, officials said.

James G. Nielsen, 80, was found at a restaurant in Dobbs Ferry at about 2 p.m. Monday He was at the state police barracks in Hawthorne at about 4:30 p.m. waiting for his family to pick him up, state police station Cmdr. P.J. Alnwick said.

“He’s healthy and safe,” Alnwick said of Nielsen.

Nielsen left his home at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to go shopping at the Greenport Walmart on Fairview Avenue, state police station Alnwick said, adding a family member reported Nielsen missing.

“He was going out to do some shopping at the local stores,” Alnwick said.

Nielsen, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was driving a gray 2008 Ford Escape. When he was reported missing, he was last seen headed south on the Henry Hudson Parkway toward Manhattan at 3:30 a.m. Monday, according to a statement from the state Missing Persons Clearinghouse.

The Missing Persons Clearinghouse in Albany does intelligence work to find missing people. It’s crucial to spread the word to various agencies including other police departments and hospitals about the person missing, Alnwick said, adding state police has an intelligence staff that assists with missing persons cases.