Missing man walks up to news crew covering his story
An unexpected turn in a local news story brings a happy ending.
Talk about a scoop.
On Tuesday morning, the news crew from WMTW News 8 in Maine was covering a sensitive local story. Limington resident Robert McDonough, age 73, had been missing for more than 14 hours.
At 6:30 a.m., reporter Norm Karkos and crew were positioned on rural Gammon Road, where Mr. McDonough lives, ready to provide a live update. Karkos was preparing for a shot on the tree-lined road. When a passerby walks into the background, hands draped into his jeans pockets, Karkos waits patiently for the man to walk out of frame. The two are heard exchanging a casual greeting, and then the man walks on.
Watch the video to see the moment when Karkos realizes the subject of his missing-man story has just strolled into his news cast.
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Karkos and his crew spoke with the man and immediately contacted the Maine Warden Service, which had spent the previous night searching for McDonough after he was reported missing around 4 p.m. Monday.
McDonough reportedly suffers from dementia, an umbrella term used to describe a syndrome marked by mental fogginess and impairments to memory and judgment. Dementia is generally age-related. The number of people with some form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is expected to more than double by the year 2050 due to the aging population.
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Reporter Norm Karkos noted that McDonough had some blood on one hand and on his shirt but appeared to be in good condition.
Tip of the hat to HyperVocal.
Photo: Robert McDonough with WMTW News 8 anchor/reporter Norm Karkos (WMTW News 8, http://aka.ms/missingman)
I'll bet that this incident was a complete SET UP from the very beginning.
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