Retired Florida deputy chief reported missing found safe

Clarence Grier, 82, reported missing Wednesday in Lakeland

Clarence Grier.
Clarence Grier.

OCALA, Fla. – Authorities in Florida say a retired Lakeland Police Department deputy chief who was reported missing this week has been found safe.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Clarence Grier, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, had been missing since Wednesday.

Grier, 82, was last seen in Lakeland leaving a home around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Deputies said Grier was found Friday at a Wawa gas station in St. Petersburg. Authorities said he was “safe and sound.”

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