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Elderly patient walks away from Park Rapids facility, prompts nearly 6-hour search

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PARK RAPIDS - An elderly dementia patient who wandered away from an assisted care facility Tuesday night was found after authorities used a thermal imager from the Minnesota State Patrol airship to locate him.


Temperatures were hovering around 40 degrees when the man, 64-year-old Gene Hanson, went missing.

"The likelihood of the subject surviving the night because of low temperatures would have been slim," said Lt. Matt Langer in a news release.

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