NEW BEDFORD - A routine trip by two New Bedford police officers to gas up a police vehicle ended with the rescue of a disoriented 66-year-old man who had been reported missing out of Fall River. 

Officers Bryan dosAnjos and Paul Pires were driving to the city yard on Liberty Street for fuel at about 1:28 p.m. Monday when they were waved down by a city employee at Oak Grove Cemetery on Parker Street.  

The employee was reporting that a man was making some young people who were volunteering at the cemetery uneasy. When the officers spoke to the man, he appeared confused and did not know where he was or how he had arrived there.  

Further investigation by the officers determined that the man had been reported missing that morning by relatives in Fall River. He had last been heard from by family members the night before when he said he was headed to Taunton to visit a relative.  

Family members were concerned because the man had several medical conditions. 

The man was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital. Fall River Police and the man’s family were notified that he was found safe.  

-New Bedford Police Department