Man missing from Rochester Hills found two days later in bar

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published May 3, 2021


A 68-year-old man from Rochester Hills who went missing April 30 has been found safely by police.

Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said the man, who has a traumatic brain injury, disappeared April 30. 

Caregivers last spoke with him by phone at around 4 p.m. April 30 sometime before he left his townhouse, located in the 400 block of Kensington Drive in Rochester Hills in the afternoon. He reportedly left behind his cigarettes and cellphone, which caregivers said was unusual. 

The Sheriff’s Office used a K-9 unit, an aviation unit, a drone, and a search and rescue team to search the area Friday and Saturday, but deputies were unable to locate the man. A check of local hospitals, motels and hotels also turned up negative results.

“An extensive search today was unsuccessful,” Bouchard said in a May 1 statement, one day before the man was found.

Deputies said the man’s wife died two months ago, and a memorial service was held Saturday in Royal Oak. Royal Oak police searched for him at the cemetery but were unable to find him.

On May 2 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Shelby Township Police Department notified the Sheriff’s Operation Center that they had located the missing man.

A resident discovered the missing man at a bar in Shelby Township near the Rochester Hills border and contacted the Shelby Township Police Department, which confirmed the identity of the missing man.

Shelby Township Police transported him back to his residence in Rochester Hills, where a deputy met them and determined that the man needed to be taken for medical and mental health treatment. He was transported to the hospital and a petition was completed.