Missing elderly man from Hingham found in Brockton

An 82-year-old man who went missing from a Hingham retirement community was found safe in Brockton on Thursday morning.

BROCKTON – An elderly man who stole a vehicle from Hingham and went missing for about 16 hours was located at a city high school on Thursday morning.

School police officers assigned to Brockton High School located the stolen Lexus SUV with heavy front-end damage parked outside the school about 6:30 a.m. They then located the missing man, identified as 82-year-old John Kelliher, and brought him inside the cafeteria for warmth.

Darren Duarte, the chief of staff for Mayor Bill Carpenter, said police noticed “what appeared to be a disoriented senior citizen outside of the high school” and brought him inside.

A Silver Alert was issued for Kelliher by Hingham police about 8 p.m. on Wednesday. They said Kelliher, who has Alzheimer’s disease, had last been seen about 2 p.m. at Linden Ponds, a retirement community where he lives.

Police reported that an employee’s 2013 Lexus RX SUV had been stolen and Kelliher was likely driving it.

On Wednesday night, police used canines and a drone to search for Kelliher, but were not successful.

On Thursday morning, Hingham police learned that Kelliher was seen in Taunton about 6 a.m. A motorist called to report the stolen SUV, driven by Kelliher, had crashed into a snowbank, but he drove off before police arrived.

Brockton school police officers then located Kelliher, who was uninjured, at the high school on Thursday morning about 6:30 a.m.

Kelliher was taken by ambulance to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton for an evaluation and his family was notified that he was safe.

Hingham police Sgt. Steven Dearth said Kelliher will not face charges in town related to the vehicle theft. Police in Brockton also said they won’t file any charges.

The stolen SUV, which was recovered at the high school, was towed from the scene.

A school district spokeswoman referred all questions to the mayor’s office.

Patriot Ledger reporter Erin Tiernan contributed to this report. SOURCE

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