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Connecticut man missing 6 years found on LI

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published July 18. 2014 7:58AM   Updated July 18. 2014 7:59AM

Southampton, N.Y. (AP) — A Connecticut man reported missing six years ago has been reunited with his family after a police officer found him wandering on Long Island's East End.

Police said Thursday that the officer bought Euripides Cruz lunch after finding him in Southampton on July 10.

They say then, acting "on a hunch," the officer searched his name on the Internet.

He found Cruz was reported missing from Waterbury, Connecticut, July 8, 2008.

Veronica Cruz told Newsday that her uncle is schizophrenic and a former heroin user. The family believes he traveled to New York in part because of voices he heard in his head.

Police believe the 60-year-old Cruz had been going from town to town on Long Island for much of the time he was missing.

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