Campobello Police finds missing man

Published 12:35 pm Monday, February 22, 2021

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90-year old Tennessee man found at rest area near the state line

CAMPOBELLO—The Campobello Police Department found a 90-year old missing man out of Tennessee safely. 

Bernard DeFillipi, who has Alzheimer’s disease was found safely the same day he went missing at the South Carolina Border Welcome Center. He was found without harm or injuries around 11:30 a.m. last Thursday, Feb. 11. 

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DeFillipi is from Fairfield Glade and wandered off from his home on Feb. 11. 

The Fairfield Glade Police Department issued a press release that a detective was called to his home about 10:15 a.m. in response to a missing person call. DeFillipi’s family reported that he and his red Ford pickup truck had last been seen around 8:30 a.m. that day. 

Fairfield Glade police issued a be-on-the-lookout order and searched the area. 

Campobello Police Chief Chad McNeil confirmed that his department found the man safe in South Carolina. 

“The Campobello Police Department kept DeFillipi safe and assisted in his return with his family,” Fairfield Glade Police Chief Michael Williams said. “A Tennessee Safe Care Act Alert/Silver Alert was not issued due to DeFillipi being located prior to release.” 

Williams said his department is grateful for all the joint efforts from law enforcement agencies, including the Cumberland County, Tennessee dispatch center and the Campobello Police Department for the successful location and safe return home.