Missing elderly man located

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 90-year-old man with mental illness, who disappeared on Sunday, was found after the Erie County Sheriff’s Office issued a Silver Alert for him. Sylvester Stang was last seen at St. Bernadette’s Church in Hamburg before he was found Monday morning.

The Silver Alert was cancelled shortly after 7 a.m.

Clay Moden from WYRK took this photo after spotting Stang’s vehicle. The car had been going the wrong way down a wrong way street.

“When I was coming into work, it was up on the billboard, Liz Mantel, of WYRK, said. “I like to read them. I don’t think I’m ever going to see one, and I was thinking, ‘I wonder whatever happens when someone actually sees it.’ So, it was because I saw that that I knew at least the first three letters of the license plate.”

Moden commented “Part of the route he took, he was following along the 190 — not on the 190, but next to it — and as we were following him, the Amber Alert showed up and I said, ‘Yup, that license plate, that car, that’s it right there. Incredible.”

Investigators believe Stang has Alzheimer’s, dementia or some other form of cognitive disorder.

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