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An older man does not return from a walk: This one had a happy ending, miles away

DAVID F. ASHTON - Volunteers from Mountain Wave Search and Rescue were called in to search for the missing Sellwood man on Thanksgiving Eve.  While a Sellwood family on S.E. Lexington Street was preparing for their Thanksgiving on the evening of November 22, they realized one of their family members, 61-year-old Ronald J. Aune, hadn't returned from his late afternoon walk.

A dozen squad cars responded and Central Precinct police officers began searching the neighboring yards and neighborhood streets at about 6 p.m. that evening looking for Aune, said to be an avid walker, but unable to find his way home in the dark.

As officers performed additional searches and alerted TriMet, they called upon Multnomah County Search and Rescue to continue the search for the missing man.

Thanksgiving Day dawned with no sign of him – but, at 10:42 a.m., "East Precinct officers responded to perform a welfare check on a man wandering in the area of S.E. 60th Avenue and Belmont Street," later reported Portland Police spokesman Sergeant Christopher Burley.

"The officers recognized the person as the Sellwood missing man; and, once located, Aune did not require medical attention," Burley told THE BEE. "He was reunited with his family for Thanksgiving."

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