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Police issue update on missing man found in Fairhaven



FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven Police Chief Michael J. Myers, who activated the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC) Search and Rescue Unit Wednesday, reports that the man who was reported missing during the afternoon of Wednesday, March 17 has been found safe.

Just before noon on Thursday, 72-year-old Kenneth Parks, a New Bedford resident, was located by a woman seated in a vehicle in the area of Chestnut Street in Fairhaven. She then flagged down two officers who were passing by on bicycles.

The man was evaluated by EMS on scene and later taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

The Fairhaven Police Department thanked all of the first responders from around the region who assisted in searching Wednesday and Thursday, as well as all the members of the public who volunteered to search.

The assisting agencies included: Fairhaven Police Department, Acushnet Police Department, Mattapoisett Police Department, Fairhaven Fire Department and call firefighters, Fairhaven Harbormaster, New Bedford Police Department Marine Unit, Bristol County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, SEMLEC Search & Rescue, SEMLEC Mobile Command Center, SEMLEC Dive Team, SEMLEC Bicycle Unit, Mass State Police Special Emergency Response Team, Mass State Police Air Wing, Mass Environmental Police and the Department of Conservation & Recreation.

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