Missing Edmonds man found


    Edmonds police said that the Edmonds man missing Thursday was found overnight and is safe and back home.

    Snohomish County Search and Rescue and Edmonds police spent the day looking for Alan Torkelson, 75, after he didn’t return home from a walk in downtown Edmonds Thursday morning.

    Torkelson, who has Alzheimer’s, was found in Everett, according to police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley.


    1. I am happy that Mr. Torkelson was found. If I recall correctly, this was the second time in recent memory that a local resident with known memory impairments has gotten lost. Perhaps MEN can interview someone who can provide information to caretakers on how to avoid or minimize these unfortunate incidents.

    2. I’m glad he was found as well. I have worked as an occupational therapy assistant with people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It”s really important to allow them as much freedom and dignity as possible and appropriate. It’s also important to remain vigilant as you facilitate that Independence.

    3. How did he get to Everett? Bus? Ride with someone? How could the availability of transportation be minimized for someone with Alzheimer’s?


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