San Diego Marine Found in Tijuana After Weeklong Search

Paul Bassett was last seen April 27 as he left home to study

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    NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports on the search for a Chula Vista man who served several tours of duty as a U.S. Marine, now considered missing by San Diego police. (Published Friday, May 2, 2014)

    A U.S. Marine reported missing by family members in San Diego was found Sunday in a Tijuana hospital unaware of his surroundings, his family tells NBC 7.

    Paul Bassett was last seen Sunday, April 27 when he left home to study. San Diego police say Bassett was spotted at a Mission Valley mall at around 6:35 p.m. The next day his Honda Accord was found abandoned in Tijuana.

    Family members were in Tijuana over the weekend handing out flyers and checking hospitals and jails.

    Bassett's wife, Jacqueline, said someone recognized him and led them to her husband being treated in a Tijuana hospital.

    On Sunday night, she says an ambulance brought her husband across the U.S.-Mexico border to Sharp Chula Vista.

    “It’s amazing. He’s still a little confused but it’s such a relief,” Jacqueline Bassett said Monday night.

    “He has some sort of inflammation in the brain. He just got lost and he doesn’t know where he was or who he was at the time,” his wife explained.

    San Diego police officials, who had released information to the public to help find the 26-year-old,  confirmed Bassett had been located.

    Bassett is undergoing tests, according to his wife. No word yet on when he'll be able to leave the hospital.

    Bassett was studying for a security management degree after serving several tours as a U.S. Marine, his wife said.