Henry Morello, 84, Missing Since Last Monday, Found Alive and Well (and Full of Wiper Fluid)

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Henry Morello was found alive and well over the weekend.
Henry Morello, the 84-year-old man reported missing last week, was found alive and well over the weekend, and he apparently survived nearly a week in the desert by drinking diluted windshield washer fluid.

Morello was last seen Monday in the Cave Creek area driving his pale green 2007 Lexus SUV with Arizona license plate 207-YXG.

Morello's suffers from dementia and diabetes, and requires medication, so his family was very concerned when he was reported missing.

On Saturday, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office helicopter spotted Morello's car near the Bloody Basin exit of I-17.

Morello reportedly stayed by his vehicle for five days, which is what helped him survive.

Morello used mats from his car to stay warm during the chilly desert nights, and reportedly drank windshield washer fluid to stay hydrated.

KPHO caught up with one of Morello's friends, who described the ordeal:

During the day, Morello found an inventive source of water.

"He took a rock and opened the hood of his car and broke the windshield wiper fluid and was using that with a napkin to keep himself hydrated," said his friend James Sheehan.

His friends said they believe it was a miracle that Morello was found in such good condition, but they said his survival skills are "Just Hank being Hank."

"He is doing fantastic, and if you know Hank, he is a survivor. That is why he survived," said Sheehan.

Friends say Morello is recovering at a Valley hospital, but they expect he will be back with them soon.

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I loved this guy i know hank when i was 5 years old i would always sit on his lap and talk to him when i heard he went missing my heart drop the though of never siting on his lap again scared me but i am so so glad he was found safe now i can sit on his lap so much times now !!!!!


Hank's rescue involved several people. My wife and I were the first to find Hank and then my friends all went into action to get him blankets, water/gatoraid, and some food. While on the phone to the 911 dispatcher we flagged down the Overland Expeditions Team. Austin from that group helped with his EMT background by taking vital signs and offering up some oranges to get some sugar back into his system. About that time the MCSO helicopter spotted all the vehicles and people along with Hank's car. They landed to assist. Not long after that the ground rescue team started showing up and within 25 minute or so the rescue helocopter landed and the pro's began to prep him for the flight to the hospital. We are all happy that we came across Hank that day and were able to help in probably saving his life. His friends and family are wonderful people who supported the rescue effort from the start and were elated to have Hank back! Please keep Hank in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery!


Bravo, Henry Morello! We are so thankful you're ok. Elaine, Alberto and Alessio Morello, Olio e Limone Ristorante and Olio Pizzeria, Santa Barbara, California

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