Missing man with dementia found by CBP officer

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Dean Works is described as 5-feet-5 and 150 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes.

[UPDATE: July 9, 2017]

SAN DIEGO – An 81-year-old man with dementia was found 24 hours after he was reported missing, authorities announced Sunday.

A Customs and Border Protection officer found Dean Work around 4 p.m. Sunday. He was in good health and has been reunited with his family, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.


SAN DIEGO – Sheriff’s deputies Sunday are seeking public help to find an 81-year-old man with dementia who drove away from his home Saturday without money, identification or his cellphone.

Dean Work was last seen about 4:50 p.m. leaving his home in the Encinitas/Rancho Santa Fe area, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Joe Tomaiko said. Work was driving a silver 2007 Lexus 400H SUV with California license plate 5XCD304.

Work left home without a cellphone, identification, cash or credit cards, Tomaiko said. He has dementia and requires medication for other medical conditions.

Work is described as 5-feet-5 and 150 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He wears prescription glasses and was last seen dressed in a red-and- black shirt, beige shorts and black shoes.

Anyone who finds Work or his SUV was asked to call 911.