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Hunt for missing Thiensville man ends after he's found in nearby apartment

Missing person (properly sized)
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THIENSVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A search for an 84-year-old man ended Monday morning, when he was found safe and sound in his apartment building near Milwaukee – but was in the wrong unit.

George Mayer took out the garbage Sunday night in Thiensville. He did not return, so his wife called authorities.

A six-hour search took place until about 3:30 a.m., and it resumed around 7:30 a.m.

At 12:30 a.m., police decided to ask for help – so they used a system which called all landline numbers in a five-mile radius. Thiensville Police Chief Scott Nicholson said he got some complaints about the late hour of that call.

Later, Mayer’s entire apartment building was searched, and officers took a head count. They got mixed up because one unit had two names on the door, and two people were in separate beds.

As it turned out, one of the previous occupants had died, and Mayer was not found in the wrong bed until the other occupant woke up and saw him.