'I knew he was missing so I went looking': Hero boy finds man with dementia in cubby house

A frail 88-year-old man who has been missing for two nights has been found alive, thanks to an unlikely little hero.

Tired, dehydrated but remarkably alive, Frank Rebelo was found lying in a bush cubby house shortly after 9am Thursday morning.

Disoriented and without his shoes, the East Fremantle resident had sparked a nervous search party after vanishing.

The search came to a sudden end when a six-year-old boy spotted Mr Rebelo while on his way to school.

Tommy discovered the 88-year-old grandfather after seeing his photo on his clasroom wall. Source: 7 News
Tommy discovered the 88-year-old grandfather after seeing his photo on his clasroom wall. Source: 7 News
A disoriented Frank Rebelo was found inside a bush cubby house two days after disappearing. Source: 7 News
A disoriented Frank Rebelo was found inside a bush cubby house two days after disappearing. Source: 7 News

Little Tommy decided to walk to school with his mum rather than ride his bike, in the hope he may spot the local grandfather.

“I just saw the piece of paper on the wall of my class and I knew that he was missing, so I went looking for him,” Tommy told 7 News.

“I kinda want to be a detective.”

Police had been desperately searching for Mr Rebelo since he vanished on Tuesday night, with growing concerns due to his diabetes and dementia.

Mr Rebello was rushed to Fiona Stanley Hospital in a stable condition. Source: 7 News
Mr Rebello was rushed to Fiona Stanley Hospital in a stable condition. Source: 7 News

After being helped from the cubby, he was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital in a stable condition.

Mr Rebelo’s family thanked all those who helped in the search for the missing 88-year-old.

“Thank you for the job they did,” Mr Rebelo’s family said.

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