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Author Lerone Bennett found safe after being reported missing

Lerone Bennett | Chicago Police

Author Lerone Bennett, who was missing Saturday morning from the Kenwood neighborhood on the South Side, has been located.

The 88-year-old scholar, journalist and historian was reported missing after he was last seenĀ at 5:05 a.m. near the 4800 block of South Lake Shore Drive, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.

Police said Bennett was located and safe Saturday afternoon, but did not provide additional information.

Bennett is the author of multiple books, including “Before the Mayflower” and “Forced into Glory.” He previously worked as an editor at JET and Ebony magazines.