MERSEYSIDE grandad David Hannam who went missing more than a week ago was found safe and well on a bus in Manchester.
Mr Hannam, 81, from Willaston, Wirral, was last seen by his family on Thursday, November 22, and his disappearance sparked large-scale police searches, public appeals and calls for people to check sheds and gardens.
But the pensioner was spotted late on Saturday night by a bus driver in Wythenshawe who recognised him when he boarded the bus 40 miles from home.
Grandson Steve Hannam, 29, a Cheshire Police officer, said it was great to have a “happy ending” to the week.
He said: “It has been a long week with a lot of worrying.”
He thanked the police, search and rescue teams and volunteers who had helped search for Mr Hannam, who was spotted on CCTV buying a newspaper from a shop near his Neston Road home on Saturday, November 24.
He said: “They’ve put in a lot of time and effort in awful weather conditions. People have been great at spreading the word on social media and circulating pictures and it’s thanks to that he was recognised.
“Everyone is made up at seeing him well.”
Mr Hannam was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital where precautionary medical checks are being carried out.
Steve said his grandad was physically well but “confused” after the ordeal.
The family were still trying to establish where Mr Hannam had spent the week.
Steve said: “He seems to have managed to get a roof over his head with the money he had with him.
“I would remind people that if they do see someone elderly looking confused just to stop and ask how they are because it could be he’s been walking round for a week with nobody asking if he’s OK.”
Inspector Richard Hill said: “Whilst police search techniques are sophisticated and thorough, we can only focus on areas where information suggests a missing person may be.
“On this occasion it was the police appeal to the public and the public's response which led to this happy conclusion and Mr Hannam being reunited with his family safe and well.”