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Woman helps find Hillsborough missing elderly

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Mr. Van Hoek was reunited with his family on Wednesday night. Mr. Van Hoek was reunited with his family on Wednesday night.
TARPON SPRINGS, FL (WFLA) -

A concerned citizen led authorities to a missing Hillsborough County man, the subject of a Silver Alert issued Wednesday.

Martinus J. Van Hoek, 85, has been reunited with his family.

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According to a Tarpon Springs Police Department report a woman observed Van Hoek at the Winn Dixie location at 955 S. Pinellas Ave. just after 6 p.m. She contacted TSPD because the elderly man appeared to be confused and in distress.

The officer the woman spoke with checked Van Hoek’s name and vehicle information and discovered a Silver Alert had been issued by authorities in Hillsborough County earlier in the day.

Van Hoek’s daughter was notified and she drove to Tarpon Springs to pick him up.

“This is a positive example of a concerned citizen who took the time to get involved and was instrumental in the safe return of Mr. Van Hoek,” said Captain Barb Templetwon with the Tarpon Springs Police Department. “We are always grateful to the Media as well in these cases, for broadcasting missing/endangered information to the public.”

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