Missing man located after geo-targeting alert issued at Lake Macquarie

A man missing from the Lake Macquarie region has been located after police issued an SMS geo-targeting alert.

The 74-year-old man was last seen at an aged care facility at Booragul about 12.15pm yesterday (Thursday 19 May 2022).

Officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District were notified a short time later, when he was unable to be located.

Police subsequently issued a public appeal for information and an SMS geo-targeting alert to the Cardiff and Booragul areas.

Later that evening, a member of the public – who had received the SMS alert – contacted police after seeing the man in bushland off Weir Road, Teralba.

An extensive search of the area was conducted by police and SES. About 12.30am (Friday 20 May 2022) Polair was able to locate the man. Ground crews were directed to the man, and he was found safe and well.

Police would like to thank the public and media for their assistance.

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