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Virginia Beach Police safely locate missing 87-year-old man

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Jul 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-20 20:50:02-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Beach Police Department has safely located a missing 87-year-old man who is suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and may be attempting to head to New York.

According to police, at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Richard Zajda called his son and said he was going to New York City to stay with family and get a new driver's license. Zajda's license was suspended Monday due to his medical condition, as he is also vision impaired, police said.

State Police canceled the Senior Alert after police safely located Zajda Wednesday afternoon.

Zajda is also on medications for past heart attacks and congestive heart failure.

Police said Zajda may have been in the area of Independence Drive in Williamsburg, as an emergency ping on his cell phone placed him there Wednesday.

Zajda is a white male standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes.

Police said Zajda is driving a 2001 Ford F150 bearing Virginia handicap tags 5888OH.