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Surprise Police Department Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, Arizona 85374
Office 623.222.4000
Fax 623.222.4008
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For Immediate Release                                                    
CONTACT: Sergeant Bert Anzini
Public Information Officer
Police non-emergency: (623) 222-4000

Missing Elderly Man Found

SURPRISE, AZ. (August 19, 2011)… After a cooperative effort between Surprise Police and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, 81 year old John Garber was reunited with his family on Friday, August 19, 2011.  On Thursday, August 18, 2011, Surprise Police received a call from the family of John Garber indicating that he had not returned as expected after visiting with friends in the east valley.  During a brief conversation on the phone around 6:00 p.m. that evening, Mr. Garber told his family he was lost.

Surprise Police and deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office continued the search for Mr. Garber until he was located in the late morning hours of Friday, August 19, 2011.  Deputies from the Search and Rescue team of the Sheriff's Office found Mr. Garber inside his vehicle near a wash in the area of 395th Avenue and the I-10.  Mr. Garber was alert and communicated with deputies on scene.  Mr. Garber was later transported to a Valley hospital as a precaution.