Missing NW Indiana man found in Lowell

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Donald Oakes | Porter County sheriff’s office

A 52-year-old mentally handicapped man who went missing Friday afternoon from his northwest Indiana home was found safely Saturday.

Donald Oakes was last seen near his home in the 400 block of Prescott Road in Portage, Ind., at 4 p.m. Friday, according to a missing person alert from the Porter County sheriff’s office.

Indiana State Police picked him up at a restaurant off of I-65 in Lowell, Ind., at 1:30 p.m. Saturday after he called his wife from a payphone, the sheriff’s office said. His family is making is making arrangements to pick him up.

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