Roanoke senior found alive, unharmed after missing for five days, police say

He was first reported missing on Monday, Sept. 4

Roanoke Police are searching for James Herman Smith, who was last seen on Sept. 4 at about 1:45 a.m. on Orange Avenue Northwest in Roanoke. (Virginia State Police)

ROANOKE, Va.UPDATE - Sept. 9

James Herman Smith has been found alive and safe, according to Roanoke Police.

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The department shared the news on Facebook on Saturday.

They said he is being medically evaluated out of an abundance of caution, but will be reunited with his family soon.

Officials say more details as to his whereabouts and how Smith was found may be released in the coming days.


ORIGINAL STORY

Virginia State Police has issued a senior alert on behalf of the Roanoke City Police Department for a missing 80-year-old man.

Roanoke Police are searching for James Herman Smith, who was last seen Monday at about 1:45 a.m. on Orange Avenue in Northwest Roanoke. Officers believe he was wearing a white short-sleeved T-shirt and blue jeans with no belt and is barefoot.

We’re told he is 5 foot, 8 inches and weighs about 215 pounds.

Authorities say due to the fact that the missing senior suffers from a cognitive impairment, the disappearance poses a credible threat to his health and safety.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Roanoke City Police Department at 540-853-2212. You may also find complete information at twitter.com/vspalerts.


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