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Man with Alzheimer's found safe after getting out of car at intersection

Family said he got confused and left the vehicle near Cobb Parkway and Windy Hill Road.

MARIETTA, Ga. — Police in Marietta say a man who went missing after suddenly getting out of a car at a busy intersection, Sunday, has been found safe.

The department released an advisory late Sunday that it was searching for 71-year-old John Leonard who was last seen near the intersection fo Cobb Parkway and Windy Hill Road.

According to police, Leonard got confused while riding in a vehicle with family and got out at the intersection around 8 p.m. The driver told police that it happened quickly and that, by the time she found a place to turn around, he was gone.

Police also said Leonard is "of diminished capacity" and a Mattie's Call bulletin later elaborated that he has Alzheimer's Disease. Family and police were concerned he might not know how to get home on his own.

A spokesperson for the Marietta Police Department has since said that Leonard had been found safe and was back home.


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