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August 30, 2013

Illinois man wanders into Washington from Benton

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The information was given to Adult Protective Services for investigation while he is in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit for a heart ailment. Rob Haseman, investigator for Adult Protective Services in Daviess and surrounding counties, said Thursday the hospital was trying to contact relatives while he is in their care.

Haseman said if there was no family member willing to take care of the man, the state may have to start court proceedings to ensure the man is cared for, but that will be after the man is discharged from the hospital.

The adult services investigator said while rare, cases like this are getting more attention due to “Silver Alerts,” where the public is made aware of missing seniors. Haseman said this is the first in this area in the four and a half years as an investigator.

“They can happen from time to time,” Haseman said.

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