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Missing man walks up to news crew covering his story

An unexpected turn in a local news story brings a happy ending.

By Rich_Maloof May 30, 2013 5:35PM

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.

Photo: Still of Robert McDonough with WMTW News 8 anchor/reporter Norm Karkos (WMTW News 8, http://aka.ms/missingman)Gallery: 20 things everyone should do at least once

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.

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Photo: Robert McDonough with WMTW News 8 anchor/reporter Norm Karkos (WMTW News 8, http://aka.ms/missingman)


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Jun 5, 2013 5:02AM
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Don't know what many of you were watching, but I saw the newsman's face watching the guy walk past....and newsman keeps watching him, starts to stare...and clearly DOES recognize him.  Why are you people, "King' and "AmusableRobinFL"  falsely slamming the reporter?  He saved the day!  This meanness is just stupidity.
May 31, 2013 6:58PM
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One person made a comment about how we can track everything no-a-days.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to make people who have dementia wear a wrist band that has tracking capability in it.  So if one did leave your home, assisted living or nursing home, which has occurred, could be found by these tracking devices.  If it saved one person, it would be worth it. 
May 31, 2013 6:49PM
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To each of you nutcases, I meant you have to watch them very carefully. Note the remark about my son at age 2 that disappeared like a jack-rabbit.  Boy you people are silly. You don't know what I do and I don't know what you do.  Adults are adults and children are children, but don't tell me that you don't need to watch them because  your WRONG!  Too many nursing homes and assisted living facilities have been sued due to not watching them  because they leave the facilities, no one sees them leave.  Some are lucky and are found and others die out in the woods somewhere.  Pick, Pick, Pick - hope you are more caring about the elderly that you suppose to care for because you sound like you couldn't stand being around elderly persons and nervousness, crying, accidents that they have. You would pick, pick, pick at them or maybe the one with the degree will get in there and clean these people up. Oh, you have a degree, you can't do that.
May 31, 2013 4:10PM
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Really just goes to show how truly unconnected news reporters are with their stories they are reporting.  A talking head who has his story line subject walk right to him and STILL doesn't recognize that fact.  I think it's sad all the way around.
May 31, 2013 2:53PM
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When NBC refuses to report the real news this is what they must show.. nada about Holder investigating himself or that all the major news outlets refused to meet with Holder except NBC, or that lerner lied to congress.. sad, very sad.
May 31, 2013 2:24PM
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I just remembered-   I'm a lesbian trapped inside a man's body.
May 31, 2013 2:21PM
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I'll bet that this incident was a complete SET UP from the very beginning.   

May 31, 2013 2:20PM
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This man was led by the Lord Jesus to that exact spot at the exact moment to be found .  This dementia is not medical related it is a demonic influence that has society believing it is a medical issue and a degeneration of the brain. Satan has deceived a whole lot of people in believing the wrong way about medical issues. And it's time the world found out and the cloud of deception lifts and is removed
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