The missing spouse of a McDonough city councilmember, who was the subject of a Mattie's Call Monday night, was found safe in Forest Park, hours after the call was issued.
Frederick "Fred" Notti was reported "missing and endangered," Monday at 6:30 p.m., by his wife, Gail. She told police she was concerned because she had not seen her husband since 2 p.m., the same day. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2004, said his wife. He was located by Forest Park Police during a traffic stop on Forest Park Parkway.
"I think he was going over the speed limit," councilmember Notti said.
"This is the first time anything like this has ever occurred," she added.
"Today is our 35th wedding anniversary, and it was the best wedding anniversary gift I could have ever received. The McDonough Police Department could not have done more, and in a very timely fashion. I want to thank all of the members of the community that called, prayed and helped bring Fred home," councilmember Notti said.
Police began their search for Frederick Notti, and his blue 2008 Ford Ranger, by notifying neighboring police departments, and contacting the Georgia Crime Information Center, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, to implement a Mattie's alert.
The Mattie's alert went out around 10:10 p.m., and Notti was located around 11 p.m., said his wife.
"He went to Wal-mart around 3 p.m., but he doesn't remember going to Wal-mart, nor anything that happened after that," councilwoman Notti said. "He knows my cell phone number, but he hadn't called. He has never walked away from home before.
"He has refrained from driving at night to avoid becoming confused. If he goes to a store, or mall, and cannot locate his car in the parking lot, he would usually call," the councilwoman said.
"Words cannot express the gratitude I have for all law enforcement, especially those officers that were directly involved in the process," said Gail Notti. "The officer that actually found him, Officer [James] Forbes, sat with my husband in his truck and discussed airplanes."
Frederick Notti, 80, has a fascination with aircrafts. He once had his own air service. He lived most of his life in Anchorage, Alaska. He was a "bush pilot," and worked on rescue missions. He flew a Cessna 185, and when someone could not be found out in the open lands of Alaska, Gail Notti said, her husband would get the call.
"We used to fly back and forth from Alaska to McDonough," said the councilmember.
He was a leader in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, in which 44 million acres of traditional tribal lands were returned to native Alaskans. He served as the founder and chief executive officer of Alaskan Oil and Petrochemical Co., said councilwoman Notti.
The experience Notti said she has had with her husband, has encouraged her to promote, and seek support for the Henry County Police Lifesaver program. It is designed to help locate those prone to go missing.