SILVER ALERT UPDATE: Police say missing 75-year-old man found safe

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Published: Sep. 25, 2023 at 7:07 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2023 at 3:03 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - In an update Monday afternoon, police said the missing man was found safe.

Green Bay Police said a Brown County deputy found Thomas Van Lanen at approximately 12:45 p.m. in a field near the west side Fleet Farm.

Van Lanen is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital and will be reunited with his family.


PREVIOUS: The Green Bay Police Department is asking for help in locating a 75-year-old man. The search was upgraded to a Silver Alert.

Police say Thomas Van Lanen walked away from his home, which is near St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, around 5:30 Monday morning. They say he has a condition with symptoms similar to dementia.

He has shin problems and uses a walker but did not take his walker with him. He used to be an avid walker and frequented trails on the west side of Green Bay. This is the first time he’s left the area, police said.

Van Lanen is white with gray hair, 5′10″ and 175 pounds. The latest update says he was last seen wearing a navy blue jacket and blue pajama pants and might also be wearing a camo baseball cap and white tennis shoes.

Police say they received a lot of tips from the public, especially since an alert was broadcast to smartphones within a 5-mile radius after 8 a.m. Searchers are using a drone from the Green Bay Metro Fire Department that’s equipped with an infrared, heat-detecting camera.

If you’ve seen Thomas or know where he might be, please call the Green Bay Police Department at 920-448-3208.

Silver Alerts are issued for people believed to have dementia or other cognitive impairment.