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Police locate elderly man who went missing in Toronto's west end

Toronto police have located an elderly man who went missing Thursday night amid frigid temperatures in the city's west end.

Alber Marbena had last been seen Thursday night in the Humberline Drive and Finch Avenue West area

Alber Marbena, 74, a Peel Region resident, had been seen at about 9:30 p.m. in the Humberline Drive and Finch Avenue West area, with police saying they were "very concerned" for his safety. (Toronto Police Service)

Toronto police have located an elderly man who went missing Thursday night amid frigid temperatures in the city's west end.

Alber Marbena, 74, a Peel Region resident, has been found safe and sound, Const. David Hopkinson told CBC News.

Marbena had last been seen in the Humberline Drive and Finch Avenue West area, with police saying they were "very concerned" for his safety.

Marbena's son, Angelo Zea, told reporters at a command post set up in the area Friday evening that his father suffers from Alzheimer's and had been found in the area before.

'It's my dad'

This time, no one was home when he ventured out, he said.

"It's pretty hard, of course. It's my dad," said Zea, asking for anyone who spotted Marbena to please come forward.
Marbena's son, Angelo Zea, told reporters at a command post that his father suffers from Alzheimer's, Zea says, and has been found in the area before. (Pelin Sidki/CBC)

Police said Marbena was known to frequent Albion Mall, located about a 40-minute walk from where he had last  been seen.

Asked Friday if he had a message for his father, Zea said: "Come back home please."

Toronto police had escalated their search to the highest level, using specialized resources to assist in the search including mounted units, K9s and a drone aircraft. Peel police had also searched the area near his home earlier, but to no avail.