Missing World War II Vet From NYC Found in Las Vegas

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014  |  Updated 11:21 AM CDT
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Missing World War II Vet From NYC Found in Las Vegas

A 92-year-old World War II veteran who disappeared after taking a walk in Harlem last week has been found safe in Las Vegas, his family says.

Police had been looking for Richard Micheaux since he was last seen on Amsterdam Avenue near West 145th Street while on his regular coffee and newspaper run last Tuesday morning.

Micheaux, who usually wears his Air Force dog tags around his neck, was found 2,500 miles away in Las Vegas on Monday, disoriented but otherwise OK, his son Gregg Micheaux told NBC 4 New York. He was wandering in front of the Flamingo Hotel, and he believed he was still in New York when he was found by police. 

The veteran had apparently taken a bus to Las Vegas from Pittsburgh. It's not clear how he reached Pittsburgh from New York, or how he was able to purchase a bus ticket to Las Vegas; his son said he doubted his father had enough money to cover the ticket.

Micheaux's doctor told his son that he had not been in for a visit in over two years. 

Richard Micheaux was being evaluated a local hospital in Las Vegas. His son says he'll be flying there later this week to pick him up and return home with him. 

-- Michael George and Checkey Beckford contributed to this report

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