A Fort Worth police officer is getting credit for finding and saving a missing elderly man who wandered away from his home early Monday morning.
Christina Smith reported her husband Roscoe missing at about 1:30 a.m. The temperature was just above freezing and the 25 mph winds made it feel like it was in the 20s.
The 83-year-old was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer's four years ago. He has a history of wandering away from his home without anyone noticing.
Roscoe said he doesn't remember how he how he ended up out in the cold or in a ditch overgrown with thorny brush. Dressed only in slacks and a shirt, he just remembers the bitter cold.
"It was cold. Yes it was," he said.
"You see this stuff and you see people never find them. But I was determined I was going to find a way," Christina said.
Fort Worth police responded immediately.
"We knew that was crucial," Christina said.
Several officers searched for Roscoe, but Christina believes one in particular, Sgt. Zoran Petrovic, saved his life.
"Had it not been for the officer that found him there's no way that anyone could have seen him from the street," she said.
Fort Worth police said Sgt. Petrovic knows the area and had a good hunch on where to look a couple of blocks away from the Smiths' house.
"He drove to that area, shined his light for a few minutes and he wasn't satisfied with that. He got out of his vehicle," said Sgt. Pedro Criado, a spokesman for the police department.
The officer walked along the ditch and finally saw Smith.
"He called out to that person and the victim began calling out to the officer that he needed help," Criado said.
"He was what you call a lifesaver," Roscoe said.
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