Missing Mascoutah man found near Kansas City

News-DemocratJanuary 10, 2014 

A 72-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases who disappeared Thursday from his Mascoutah home has been found safe near Kansas City.

Mascoutah police said Philip Bowker was at a convenience store when he attracted the attention of police officers who struck up a conversation with him. They were able to learn Bowker's name and, after a computer check, discovered he had been reported missing. Officers who found Bowker as "confused" but said he was otherwise in good condition.

Police said they believed Bowker was attempting to visit his daughter who lives in the Wichita area. He had last been seen in Mascoutah at about 3 p.m. His 2000 Saturn was missing when family members went to look for him.

As of Friday morning, Bowker's family was on the way to Kansas City to pick him up.

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