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Officer finds missing Richmond man in Colonial Heights

Posted at 7:29 PM, Jan 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-10 18:53:38-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Family members say a 29-year-old man who vanished Saturday morning in Richmond has been found safe in Colonial Heights.

Officers were on the lookout for 29-year-old Lionel Williams Saturday night. He was last seen when he left his home in the 3700 block of Birdwood Road at 8 a.m.

Family members said Williams is diagnosed with bipolar schizophrenia.

"Thank you all so much because of all your help through broadcasting social media and on air my brother was found through tips," Williams' sister, Angel, said.

Williams said police received a tip from woman who lives in the Colonial Heights that said she believed she had seen Lionel near her home.

"Afterwards numerous other people stated they had spotted him in the Colonial Heights area as well," Williams said.

A Chesterfield Police officer on Jefferson Davis Highway then spotted Lionel walking and recognized him around 9:30 p.m.

Williams credited Chesterfield Officer J.E. Kierson in bringing her brother home.

"That man is our hero! He said he saw Lionel and recognized him immediately," she said.