An 85-year-old Madera man missing since Monday morning was located and appears to be in good health after about 30 hours away from his family, Madera police said Tuesday.
Madera police said they received numerous citizen calls, reporting that Blas DeLuna was seen. One of those calls led police to an area where DeLuna was eventually found about a half-mile from his home between 7 and 8 a.m. Tuesday.
DeLuna was reunited with his family and appears to been in good physical condition but is being medically evaluated.
DeLuna disappeared about 2 a.m. Monday near his home in the 300 block of Wilson Street in Madera.
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Madera police Sgt. Thomas Burns said DeLuna was seen during the day Monday buying items from establishments he often visited, but shopkeepers didn’t realize he was missing. He estimates DeLuna, aided by his walker, traveled between two and three miles.
Burns said DeLuna traversed difficult terrain using his walker.
“He’s a very strong man,” Burns said.
Madera police got help from Madera County Sheriff’s Office’s search and rescue team, also police department staff and volunteers.