Missing Jacksonville man was briefly at St. Johns County hospital for treatment, found again

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville man who is still considered missing had a short stay at a local hospital before he disappeared again, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

Multiple sources confirmed to News4JAX that Bernard Bethel, 63, was found at a St. Johns County hospital on Saturday.

JSO said due to Bethel’s incoherent behavior he was taken to the hospital for evaluation. After a short stay in the facility, Bethel is said to have called an unknown person who is believed to have picked him up on Saturday afternoon when he was released.

JSO said Bethel was found again.

Before he was at the hospital, Bethel was last seen Thursday afternoon on Lane Avenue North, just north of Commonwealth Avenue.

On Saturday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive search along the Lane Avenue corridor.