Missing 72-year-old man found safe, police say

Albert Hughes suffers from mental disabilities

By Brittany Muller - Reporter

Albert Arthur Hughes, 72, has gone missing after being picked up by an alledged Z-trip driver.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said a 72-year-old man missing for about 30 hours has been found safe and thanked the community for helping to locate him.

Albert Hughes was supposed to be dropped off at the Quality of Life Treatment Center on the Southside near the St. Johns Town Center. 

He was found Thursday afternoon after a citizen's tip led police to a search area. Police said Hughes was found safe during the search.

A witness told police that they saw Hughes getting into a car with a cab driver in Northwest Jacksonville on North Myrtle Avenue at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The witness told police it wasn’t Hughes’ regular driver who picked him up, and the company said it had no record of any other driver picking up Hughes. The company said it showed "no GPS pins" for any of its vehicles in the area.

Police posted a photo Thursday showing Hughes on a surveillance camera near Fort Caroline and University Boulevard on Wednesday morning that was captured after he was reported to have been in the vehicle that picked him up.

It's unclear if that is the area where Hughes was eventually found.

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