PORTER COUNTY | An 80-year-old Porter County man returned home safely late Friday after being reported missing earlier in the day.
Frank Bush Jr., arrived home at about 10 p.m., Porter County police Sgt. Larry LaFlower said. Bush drove home by himself, LaFlower said.
A statewide Silver Alert had been issued earlier Friday after Bush, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, left home in the morning to buy cigars and didn't return.
Police believe he was involved in a hit-and-run accident in North Hammond about 5:20 p.m. Friday.
Bush, who lives on County Line Road West in Liberty Township, had last been seen about 10:30 a.m. at the Phillips 66 gas station on Calumet Avenue in Chesterton.
LaFlower said Hammond police believe he was involved in an accident at the Gas-A-Roo gas station at 3350 Calumet Ave. Police said they believe he fled from the accident northbound on Calumet Avenue.
He was driving a gray 1998 Mercury Marquis four-door with Indiana license plate of 279 MEW. Police said he likely has front-end damage to his car.
A car matching that description struck a lift truck parked at the gas station, LaFlower said. An occupant of the lift complained of injury, LaFlower said. The lift truck had considerable damage from the crash, he said.
LaFlower said Bush regularly went to buy cigars, but they believe some road construction near his home may have disoriented him.
Bush arrived home disoriented but otherwise in good condition, LaFlower said.