Deputies in Florida were “in the right place at the right time” on Monday when they discovered a missing 75-year-old man with Alzheimer’s while searching for a robbery suspect in the woods, authorities said.

Deputies had responded to the 100 block of E. Bearss Avenue in search of the fleeing suspect and began canvassing the woods along I-275, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Aerial footage from a sheriff’s helicopter shows the chopper crew leading deputies through the trees toward an individual who appeared to be crawling on the ground.

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Deputies believed they had located the suspect, but as they inched closer to the individual, they realized he was an elderly man who had been reported missing a day earlier near the University of South Florida, the sheriff’s office said.

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“That is wild,” a deputy in the helicopter says, adding, “That’s amazing. Great job everybody.”

The 75-year-old man, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, was safely rescued and reunited with his family, according to officials.

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“What a wonderful example of being in the right place at the right time,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Our deputies were working diligently doing their job to apprehend a suspect, and were able to recognize a citizen in need of help. We’re grateful that this was able to end in a safe return for the missing person and his family.”

It was unclear whether the deputies were able to locate the robbery suspect.

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