SHELBY TWP. (WWJ) – A 92-year-old Livingston County man who went missing earlier this week has been found in Macomb County.

Relatives tell WWJ that Michel Yales was located Monday night in Shelby Township. He was tired but otherwise in good health.

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Yales was reported missing on Sunday after police responded to a welfare check at his Brighton Township home and discovered that he hadn’t been seen for at least 24 hours. His family was especially worried because Yales suffers from dementia.

Investigators monitoring Yales’ credit card transactions tracked him to a gas station in Dewitt on Monday morning, but when officers arrived in the area they found no signs of Yales.

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Hours later, Yales was eventually located after he stopped at a McDonald’s restaurant in Shelby Township — 105 miles away from the Lansing-area gas station — and told employees he had planned to spend the night in their parking lot.

Employees called police, who confirmed that Yales was a missing person. At that point, he was taken back to the police station where he was reunited with his family.


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