Stranger's act of kindness helps locate missing woman with Alzheimer's

BOSTON — A woman suffering from Alzheimer’s is safe tonight after wandering away from her home.

It wasn't police who found her though, it was an alert citizen who saw someone lying in the street and didn't just walk right past.

This man said he didn’t initially realize the woman he saw was the same person police had been searching for for days Slumped over against a wall,

He thought he was looking at an overdose situation. Now his story is highlighting the power of both kindness and social media.

Dean Tanner's brother has special needs, so it has always been in his nature to look out for folks who may seem like they need help, and Friday morning his nature saved Evelyn Bynoe.

"She looked out of it. I honestly thought it was an overdose, that's why I approached her, I didn't touch her just said are you ok she said yeah," Tanner told FOX25.

Tanner continued on to his office, but couldn't stop thinking about the woman he'd just seen. Then he turned on his computer and saw the tweet from the Boston Police Department.

Evelyn, 81, had been wandering the city for several days. Tanner found her more than six miles from where she had last been seen and wearing different clothing.

"I know she suffers from Alzheimer’s I could tell she was out of it and very confused, she said she had been walking around for a while,” he said.

Police say thanks to Tanner, Evelyn is OK, although family members said she's spending the night in the hospital.

"I wish that if anything were to happen to my brother, someone would do the same thing for him,” Tanner said.

Police tonight put out an alert for another missing man, he's 54 and also has a diminished mental capacity and goes by the name Tony, but his name is actually Howard Payne.

They hope with the help of the public, Howard can also be brought home safely.