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Police find missing endangered man at Downtown bus station

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Police find missing endangered man at Downtown bus station

  • Paul Gabbard
    TPDPaul Gabbard

A vulnerable man who went missing Monday morning from his Southeast Side group home was found around 6:30 p.m. by a police officer at the Ronstadt Transit Center. Paul Gabbard, 50, was "returned safety" after being checkout out by firefighters, authorities said.

Gabbard walked away from a group home in the 7700 block of East David Drive, near East Stella and South Pantano roads, around 6:30 a.m., a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman said.

Gabbard "functions at a much younger mental capacity and has difficulty communicating verbally," Sgt. Kimberly Bay said earlier, asking for help locating the man. "He has multiple medical conditions that require him to take daily medication and it is unknown if he took his medication with him."

Gabbard has a history of leaving his home, Bay said in a news release.

"In April 2016, Mr. Gabbard left the home and was located the next day wandering in the Red Rock, Arizona, area by the Arizona Department of Public Safety and taken to a Tucson hospital for evaluation," she said.

Gabbard was spotted by a police officer at the Downtown bus station, and evaluated by members of the Tucson Fire Department.

"He was found in overall good health and returned safely to his group home," Bay said Monday night.

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