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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A Chandler man who was reported missing after going on a day hike on Sunday was found at Roosevelt Lake Monday afternoon.
Steven Michael DeMarlie, 44, was last seen at 11:30 a.m. Sunday by his family. DeMarlie told his wife that he was going hiking in the Tonto National Forest with his dog, a white lab.
DeMarlie was driving a red 2005 Nissan Altima.
He called a friend in Chicago at 3:30 p.m. Sunday but had not been heard from since then. DeMarlie's wife contacted the Chandler Police Department and reported him missing.
Police said DeMarlie suffers from dyslexia, autism and mild mental handicap.
At approximately 1 p.m. Monday, several fishermen at Roosevelt Lake contacted the Gila County Sheriff's Office and reported seeing a man walking around aimlessly, according to Chandler police Detective Frank Mendoza.
Deputies arrived and confirmed that the man was DeMarlie. He was mildly dehydrated but otherwise in good condition.
At this time, it is unclear how he became separated from his vehicle.
Gila County detectives have not said if DeMarlie's dog was with him when he was found.