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Missing man found near Cedar Springs

Martin Leep had been missing since Wednesday, June 11.

Martin Leep had been missing since Wednesday, June 11. He was found just north of Cedar Springs.

A 91-yearold man who was missing for almost 24 hours is back home with his family thanks to two good Samaritans.

According to Cedar Springs Police Officer Mike Stahl, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Workman, of Pierson, came upon a vehicle on the side of the road Thursday evening, near Northland Drive and 19 Mile Road, just a mile north of Cedar Springs. The car had run out of gas, and the couple decided to help out the elderly driver.

“The wife thought he looked like a picture she had seen of a man that was missing from Barry County, so she looked at Facebook on her phone and it was him,” explained Stahl.

The couple then called 911 and reported that they thought they had found the missing man. A Kent County Sheriff car was not immediately available, so Cedar Springs Officer Mike Stahl took the call.

He said he checked the man’s license plates and his ID and asked the man who he was. Stahl called it in, and the man’s family was notified. He waited with the man for his family to arrive. “They were so happy they were hugging him and hugging me,” said Stahl.

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office said that Martin Leep, 91, had left the Delton area at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, on his way back to Martin, but never made it. Deputies said he stopped at a Hastings gas station and asked a clerk for directions home about 10 p.m. The clerk gave Leep directions to his home via M-179 through the Yankee Springs area.

Officer Stahl said he didn’t know where all the man had been, but he mentioned going over the bridge.

Other than not knowing where he was, Leep appeared to be in good condition.

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