Ithaca, N.Y. — A city of Ithaca employee helped police find a missing man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Channel 9 WSYR reported Thursday.

State police had sent out an alert for Samuel Monachino, 81, of Wyoming County.

Channel 9 said that Andrew Lilly, a city employee, saw Monachino at a gas station and called Ithaca police.

Monachino was reported missing yesterday, Channel 9 said.

Lilly recognized Monachino from watching the TV show, the station reported.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.