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Missing Petaluma man turns up safe in Vallejo

A mentally disabled Petaluma man who has found perhaps too much freedom on his bicycle was found safe and sound in Vallejo late Tuesday night after going missing for the fourth time, police said.

John Wirth, 49, was being evaluated at a local hospital while he awaited a ride home to Petaluma, Petaluma police said.

Wirth, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a near-fatal motorcycle crash half his lifetime ago, moved to Sonoma County about a year ago with his sister, Mary Ann Grant, who has encouraged him to explore his new neighborhood on his bike.

But Wirth has been ranging farther and farther since turning up in Bodega Bay several months back and in mid-May disappeared for nearly two days before he was found in St. Helena, police said.

A month later, he was again missing overnight and turned up in Fairfield, police said.


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