This woman found a missing elderly man by playing “Pokémon Go,” and helped him get back to his family.
83-year-old Homer Howard has dementia and mistakenly drove past his Ohio home, eventually ending up more than 30 miles away in Kentucky. He was declared missing on April 19.
The next day, Allison Hines went to a PokéStop in “Pokémon Go.”
“I just happened to notice him, something seemed very strange,” she explained. “This gentleman just looking out of place. Khaki pants and this Navy hat. I’m always attracted to my veterans, because I’m a veteran myself.”
When Howard didn’t smile back at Hines, she got concerned and decided to stop her car and talk to him. He told her that he was waiting for his wife to pick him up but his story kept changing. Howard gave Hines his home phone number and she was able to reach his daughter Tammy. Hines then took Howard to the police station and waited for his family to arrive. She also helped the family find his car, which turned up in the woods, just 4 feet from the Ohio River.
Howard got home safely with his family, and Hines later renamed her Pokémon to honor him.