Poway Man Found After Hours of Searching

Fernando Pacheco has Alzheimer's disease and was without a phone or money, officials said

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    The search is over for a 71-year-old missing Poway man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Fernando Pacheco was found in Escondido Tuesday morning after hours of searching. NBC 7’s Elena Gomez talked to his grateful loved ones and has more.

    San Diego County sheriff's search and rescue teams covered six miles over 12 hours looking for a Poway man reported missing Monday.

    On Tuesday, the subject of the search - Fernando Pacheco, 71 - was located in the Escondido, Valley Center area officials confirmed.

    He was found to be in good health, officials said, and they were working to reunite him with his family.

    Deputies Search for Missing Poway Man

    [DGO] Deputies Search for Missing Poway Man
    NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports on the search for Fernando Pacheco on Tuesday, May 6.

    A member of the public helped solve the case after seeing the reports of Pacheco missing on morning television newscasts, deputies said.

    Pacheco was last seen walking southbound on Midland Road around 3:30 p.m. Monday wearing a white cowboy hat, black jacket, black pants and black shoes..

    He is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and was believed to be without a cell phone, credit cards or money, officials said.

    Pacheco is a Spanish speaker with limited English speaking ability.

    This isn't the first time authorities have searched for Pacheco. He walked away from his residence in January 2014 and was located a few blocks away on Poway Road.