After a two-day search, Phoenix Police found a missing 93-year-old Payson man Friday.
Gar Baybrook was last seen Wednesday, Jan. 26 at his home, located behind Leaves of Autumn Books, 518 W. Main St.
On Friday, a Phoenix hotel notified police that Baybrook was trying to check in around 6 p.m., but that he did not have any money or identification because his wallet had reportedly been stolen.
When police checked Baybrook’s automobile license plate number, they saw the Payson Police Department had entered Baybrook as a missing/endangered person. The Phoenix Police Department contacted the PPD who arranged for Baybrook’s friends to pick him up, “returning him home safely,” said PPD Chief Don Engler.
Baybrook later told police that he had gone to the Valley on his own accord to buy tires and books for his store, Leaves of Autumn Books.
When he arrived, he bought a set of tires and went to a bookstore where his wallet was stolen. When he went to get a room for the night, he told hotel employees he had been robbed and they called police.
Baybrook’s secretary told police that she had last seen him Wednesday night before she went home for the evening. The next morning when she came into work, Baybrook and his white Ford Escort were gone. Baybrook normally left the woman a note if he was going away, but he left no indication of his plans.
Baybrook told Payson Police Det. Matt Van Camp that he had forgotten to tell anyone where he was going.
“He was perfectly fine and knew he had driven down there,” Van Camp said.
While Baybrook used to make regular trips to the Valley to buy books, it had been three years since he had made such a trip, Van Camp said.
Baybrook has no family in town, but has a son living in California and a daughter in Montana.
“He has friends, but he mostly keeps to himself,” said Mitzy Orvis, who sees Baybrook every Saturday at the Payson Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Van Camp said they are working to make sure Baybrook gets any help he needs.
“The Payson Police Department would like to thank all the community members who assisted in the search for Mr. Baybrook,” Engler said in a press release.