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Missing South Salt Lake man found alive by passing motorist

Benjamin Thomas Hyde

By Janelle Stecklein

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Mar 17 2013 01:44PM
Updated Mar 17, 2013 11:23PM

Chalk it up to the luck of the Irish.

A driver happened to spot missing 35-year-old Benjamin Thomas Hyde on Sunday morning, days after the South Salt Lake man was last seen at an assisted-living facility run by Valley Mental Health.

By Sunday afternoon Hyde, who is legally blind and suffers from mental disabilities, had been reunited with his family, said Gary Keller, South Salt Lake police spokesman.

Keller said the driver was in the area of 4100 South and 2600 West in Taylorsville about 10:55 a.m. Sunday when he spotted a man walking along the road alone.

The motorist thought the man resembled Hyde, who had been missing since 4 p.m. Wednesday. The man pulled over and shouted out "Benjamin" to see if the man would respond, Keller said.

"Everybody in the valley was looking for Benjamin," Keller said.

When Hyde responded, the man, who asked to remain anonymous, called Unified police and stayed with him until officers arrived.

Keller said Hyde appeared to be in good health, but becomes confused when he’s off his medication so it’s likely police may never know where he’s been the past four days or how he ended up in Taylorsville.

Keller said it appeared Hyde had been sleeping outdoors during his ordeal.

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