Missing senior, former pilot who might have been headed to airports, found safe

Posted at 1:53 PM, Dec 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-02 11:14:07-05

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. -- A missing 77-year-old Lynchburg man with dementia last seen Tuesday evening has been found safe.

Bernard Thomas is a former pilot and may headed to airports to view planes, according to deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas, who was last seen leaving the Thomas Jefferson Road area of Bedford County Tuesday around 5 p.m., is driving a 1998 green Toyota Avalon.

"[He] not usually drive at night and takes medication for dementia, cholesterol and blood pressure," officials said. "These medications have not been taken since Monday."

Deputies posted Wednesday around 11:15 p.m. that Thomas was "located and is safe."

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