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VICTIM OF ALZHEIMER’S TURNS UP IN FORT WORTH

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Fort Worth police found an Alzheimer's victim early Friday who was reported missing after he left his wife wandering in the southern Utah desert late Sunday.

Harold Morris, 71, was driving his motor home around Fort Worth trying to find his son's house when police stopped him at about 5:45 a.m. After running a computer check of the vehicle's license, officers discovered that Morris was listed as a missing person, said Grand County sheriff's investigator John McGann."They notified us they had found him. We gave them information on where his wife and son were located, and they were reunited," McGann said.

Morris had been rock hunting with his wife, Peggy, 63, Sunday when she became lost in the southern Utah desert. She struggled on foot through the snow and ice overnight Sunday only to find her husband had left without her in the couple's motor home.

She told investigators her husband's memory is bad because of his disease. She believed he forgot her and started driving toward their home in Miami.

McGann had the couple's credit cards "flagged," and merchants later notified authorities that Morris had bought gas in Colorado on Monday and in Texas on Wednes-day.

A Colorado Highway Patrol officer on Thursday interviewed the Eagle, Colo., clerk who sold gas to Morris and confirmed his identity, "So we know there wasn't foul play," McGann said.

Peggy Morris stayed at a shelter in Moab for several days and then traveled Thursday to Fort Worth to be with her son in the hopes her husband might travel in that direction.

McGann said he did not know whether Peggy Morris was at her son's home when her husband was escorted there by police.