Queen Creek man found safe after Silver Alert issued

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A missing man has been found safe and sound after authorities issued a Silver Alert Sunday.

A motorist spotted 75-year-old Pedro Yanez driving near the Loop 101 and Interstate 17 interchange and followed him until authorities arrived.

Officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety pulled over the red Dodge pickup truck on I-17 near Glendale Avenue and reunited Yanez with his family.

Yanez was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about 15 years ago, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The Queen Creek resident was reported missing by his wife shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday. Family members had not seen him since approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

About three hours before he was reported missing, Yanez was pulled over near Mill Avenue and Baseline Road in Tempe. Police said he seemed confused but otherwise healthy. He asked for directions to Power Road.

When asked how he was feeling Sunday afternoon, Yanez told 3TV he was tired.

"Stop and eat, drive a little bit more, then I finally decided I better go home," he said.

DPS Officer Mike Alegria said this shows how helpful a Silver Alert can be when trying to locate a missing person.

"We're out here looking, but there's so many cars to look at when we're driving around," he said. "When other citizens see stuff that's posted on the billboards and actually clue us in to where they're at and actually follow them so that we can get there and make contact, it helps us out tremendously."