A World War II veteran who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and went missing from his North Babylon home Friday was found Saturday afternoon, family and Suffolk police said.
William Reuschle, 91, was found in Huntington around 3 p.m. in good physical condition. Apparently, he had run out of gas, police said. No further information was immediately available.
"The family is just relieved and overwhelmed and we love Suffolk County PD and everybody who put the alert out and looked for him," said Reuschle's granddaughter Kathleen Reuschle Harrigan, 36, of Miami.
Reuschle had last been seen about 1:30 p.m. Friday leaving his Burnage Lane home, driving a white 2010 Toyota Corolla, police said in a Silver Alert issued early Saturday.
Harrigan said a full-time aide who lives with Reuschle and his wife had last seen him shoveling snow in the driveway.
"The next thing she knew he had backed out of the driveway and left," she said in a previous interview. "We're not sure if he went to the store. It's possible that he got disoriented."
Harrigan said the whole family had been driving around looking for him, concerned also about the cold weather. "He's been a very able-bodied man for a long time," she said earlier. "It's only the last few months that he exhibited very mild mental decline."
Records show that Reuschle, who was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States as a child, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. He was a private in the 29th Infantry, Harrigan said.
Reuschle is the father of five children, and has 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He has two additional great-grandchildren on the way.