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Missing 75-year-old man found 1.08 miles from home

6:10 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief of investigations Tom Hackney held a press conference Tuesday morning about a search for missing 75-year-old Gustafo Loli.

The Sheriff's Office worked with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and other departments to search for Loli.

"This morning at around 11 he was found near Frank Peterson Academy," said Hackney.

First Coast News reporter David Williams was the only reporter with JFRD's canine search team when crews found the Loli.

"That's rewarding!" JFRD Lieutenant Robert Hickson said seconds after Loli was found. "That's the best thing, after all these days, you know? We always keep our heads up at the Fire Department about finding alive victims. It's a good feeling."

Authorities said Loli was near the back of the school near the fence line, where no one from the school would have seen him, said Hackney.

"He is alive and well," said Hackney.

Loli's son, Omar spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon. He talked about what it was like not knowing where his father was for days.

"It was like a nightmare to see how your father is missing. And how, you know, he's having some food or drink," he explained. "It was a nightmare."

Gustafo Loli was taken by ambulance to UF Health-Jacksonville for dehydration.

Omar Loli said his father will stay at the hospital "for a couple days." He adds there will probably be a party in celebration. The younger Loli said his father is recognizing everybody.

"He's very alert," Loli said. "He wants to go home and eat his favorite food."

Loli said the family will keep an eye on his father. He said they realize something like this can happen quickly. He adds "everyone is happy right now."

First Coast News

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