Missing Atwater man found in Lost Hills

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A 79-year-old man missing since Tuesday from his home in Merced County has been found in Kern County.

Police in Atwater said Avelino Gonzalez Zarate was found Thursday in the Lost Hills area and has been reunited with his family.

Atwater is about 170 miles north of Bakersfield.

Zarate was reported missing on Oct. 2 and Zarate’s vehicle was spotted Wednesday evening near Interstate 5 and Highway 46.

Local CHP, Bakersfield police and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office helped in the search.

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