The search for a missing Odenville man is over. He was found safe outside a restaurant in Birmingham.
"I knew where I was at every minute," Chappell Bailey said.
Bailey may have known where he was every minute, but his family had no clue. And had it not been for an employee at Fife's restaurant in Birmingham, they would still be looking for him.
"The lady that works here at Fife said he had been sitting over on the post office steps. She knew him. She asked him to come over and in the restaurant, and when he got in here he was saying he was waiting on me to pick him up, which was not true," Trevae Polk, Bailey's caretaker, said.
Bailey suffers from dementia and was last seen Wednesday around 7:30 a.m. at his home. No one knew he was gone until the afternoon. He had a lifesaver bracelet on, but by the time deputies got the call it was too late. He had already been gone for several hours and was too far away to track. Bailey's daughter, Sequoria Lewis was scared.
"The sun was going down and I was like, they haven't found him yet," Lewis said.
But then shortly after 6 p.m. they got the call. Bailey was at Fife's Restaurant. Lewis rushed over, while Polk made the trip with deputies from Saint Clair County to Birmingham.
"If I wasn't ok I would have called somebody," Bailey told me.
Bailey may think he knew where he was, but his family is not buying it. He wasn't sure how he got to Birmingham or even where he was going. All he could tell them was that he rode with someone who drove a pickup truck. This was too close of a call for his family.
"We need to keep a close, close eye on Chappell Edward Bailey at all times. 24/7," Polk said.
Bailey's tracking bracelet was working. They tested it at the restaurant. His family says they may have to hire help to make sure this doesn't happen again. They're just thankful they got him back.
Copyright 2012 WBRC. All rights reserved.
1720 Valley View Drive