Garland Pope, 89, of East Mill Creek, Salt Lake County, who was missing for about 24 hours, has been found near Yermo, Calif., his family reported Monday afternoon.
Joylin Mahl, his daughter, said her father, who left home Sunday about 1:30 p.m. apparently headed for a grocery store in the Murray area, was located following an accident on I-15 near Yermo, a Mojave Desert community about 12 miles northeast of Barstow.An Orange County, Calif., resident who arrived Sunday evening to visit her parents, Mahl said an employee at a towing firm called the Pope residence shortly after noon Monday. The dispatcher said Pope's vehicle, a 1985 Ford Bronco II, had run out of gas, had been hit by another vehicle and had to be towed into Yermo.
Richard Shields, a dispatcher at the towing firm, told the Deseret News that the four-wheel-drive Bronco, which was parked along the shoulder of the freeway, was hit about 6:30 a.m. Monday by a van, which landed in a ditch. Pope, who was in the Bronco, was not hurt and little damage resulted to his vehicle, Shields said.