West Monroe man reunited with family

Published: Sep. 13, 2020 at 7:35 PM CDT
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) -A West Monroe man reported missing was reunited with his family on Sunday, September 13.

“It feels great to be at home. It sure does. Yep. It sure does,” said Ellis Rushing.

Rushing was reported missing on Friday, September 11. His family said he left home to go to KFC and never returned.

“Somewhere either on the way there or on the way back, he got turned around and it ended up being an all-night drive,” said Rushing’s grandson Jerard Toney.

Rushing suffers from dementia. He said he is now counting his blessings.

“I think you kind of wonder what you are and why you’re there. Things like that. But I think it was a worthwhile thing,” said Rushing.

His family said they kept in touch with BancorpSouth while he was missing to track all of his debit card transactions. They were contacted about a purchase he made at a gas station in Monroe on Saturday, September 12.

That’s when they said they contacted West Monroe police and started spreading the word about his disappearance.

“Everybody just jumped right on it. It was fantastic. I had never seen such a quick response from everybody to be so willing to jump in and help and to share,” said Toney.

Rushing was found early Sunday morning after a man saw him on the side of the road near Sicily Island and asked if he needed help. He turned Rushing in to the Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“They carried him and treated him to chicken wings and the cherry mints and he said he made a lot of good friends down there,” said Rushing’s wife Judy Fuller.

They said they’re thankful to have Rushing home safe and sound. They also said people shouldn’t underestimate the power of a simple repost.

“It’s so easy to dismiss it and move right on in your news feed. And it really does only take a second to share something like that,” said Toney.

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