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Elder missing from Little Village reunites with family after being found in Andersonville door – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) – He had been missing for over a week.

The family told police he may be confused and need medical attention. But it was the attention a stranger paid to a trembling man in a walkway that may have saved his life. Chris Tye from CBS 2 with a story of thanks and donations this holiday week.

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“I think these things happen all the time and nobody knows that.”

And who knows what would have happened if Lisa Kosowski’s night walk hadn’t happened on November 8th.

“My dog ​​started pulling in that direction. So I looked and saw an elderly man sitting in the doorway, ”Kosowski said.

A gate in Andersonville. The man was 5’2 and 90 pounds. The language barrier made any request or offer of help tricky. She called a colleague who speaks Spanish.

“He looked like he needed help, but he couldn’t ask for it. When they were done, Danny texted me his name and then I wentogle his name, ”she said.

The name returned to Socorro Ruiz. He turns out to be number four on the CPD’s missing persons list and it turns out he walked from his home 11 miles from Little Village.

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“He had been missing since October 30, so it had been nine days. He had walked 11 miles and no one else had intervened so far. So I feel like I was supposed to be there at that time, ”Kosowski said.

She called 911 for the man who police said was possibly confused and in need of medical attention and called a friend.

“She sent her son with a bottle of water and Gatorade. At that point, the police stopped, ”Kosowski said.

The police reconnected Mr. Ruiz with his family. And in this cycle of dark news, Lisa is reconnected with a deeper humanity.

“It was just a feeling. A feeling, so I stayed with it. If I had been late for a doctor’s appointment, I might not have noticed it either.

But she did. With the help of her rescue puppy Flicka and their nighttime walk, it all fell into place.

“It’s like a chain, a good chain reaction. It is a huge relief. I slept very well that night.

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Mr. Ruiz’s family didn’t want to speak to CBS 2 for this story, but were happy to allow Lisa to share the details of what led to his return home earlier this month.

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