UPDATE: Missing Queen Creek man, 92, found Sept. 22

A Silver Alert was issued Sept. 21 for Ernest Karkula, 92, of Queen Creek. He was last seen Sept. 20 at Lone Butte Casino in Chandler. Anyone with information to help find Mr. Karkula is asked to call the Maricopa County Sheriff Office at 602-876-1011. (Courtesy of Arizona Department of Public Safety)

A Silver Alert was issued Sept. 21 for Ernest Karkula, 92, of Queen Creek. He was last seen Sept. 20 at Lone Butte Casino in Chandler. Anyone with information to help find Mr. Karkula is asked to call the Maricopa County Sheriff Office at 602-876-1011. (Courtesy of Arizona Department of Public Safety)

A Queen Creek man reported missing Sept. 21 has been found.

Ernest Karkula, 92, was found at 6:27 p.m. Sept. 22 wandering out in the desert in the area of Roma Ranch Road in the Tonto National Forest in Pinal County, according to a post on the Arizona Department of Public Safety Silver Alert website: www.azdps.gov.

Civilians on quads found Mr. Karkula and notified the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Karkula was transported to Banner Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

A Silver Alert had been issued Sept. 21 for Mr. Karkula, who stands about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He has grey hair and brown eyes. He drives a black 2006 Dodge Ram pick-up truck, according to the alert.

Mr. Karkula was last seen Sept. 20 by a security guard at Lone Butte Casino in Chandler, according to the Silver Alert on the Arizona DPS website.

At about 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Mr. Karkula’s daughter, Peggy Jackson, was contacted by her son who lives with her father. Her son told Mrs. Jackson Mr. Karkula had not come home after being out for a while.

Mrs. Jackson called the Lone Butte Casino, 1077 S. Kyrene Road, a venue she knows her father frequents.

Members of the casino security team located Mr. Karkula on the casino floor, and Mrs. Jackson by phone told her father he needed to return home.

Mr. Karkula has a history of getting lost while driving to and from his home in the 19000 block of East Mews Road in Queen Creek, according to the alert. During earlier instances, he was found in Buckeye and Sacaton.

When her father had not arrived home the following day, she called the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at 4 p.m. Sept. 21 to report her father missing. She called the casino and verified his vehicle was not there.

Mrs. Jackson also contacted local hospitals and police departments in Gila River and Chandler, but they had not seen Mr. Karkula.

Mrs. Jackson told deputies her father’s cell phone was dead. She also told them his friends and family have not heard from Mr. Karkula, who suffers from high blood pressure and early onset dementia, she said.

People with information about Mr. Karkula’s whereabouts were asked to call MCSO dispatch at 602-876-1011.

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