By all accounts, Pete Severt of Detroit is not your average 88-year-old. The security guard still works full time patrolling the Fairlane North parking lots from 4:00 p.m. to midnight.
“My dad is old fashioned, old school,” said Diana Richards. “He believes in hard work. He’s worked all his life.”
However, Thursday night, Severt failed to show up and the end of his shift and his security vehicle was nowhere to be found. His worried family called police. Little did they know Severt was apparently disoriented and driving in the Windsor Tunnel over to Canada. They think he was trying to get to the hospital, and when he made it to the Canadian border, that’s exactly where agents sent him.
“They (were) saying that something was wrong with him and they rushed him to the hospital,” Richards said.
Doctors at Hotel-Dieu Grace tell the family it appears Severt suffered a mild heart attack. They plan to have him transferred to a hospital in the United States until he’s well enough to go home.
Friday, family members grabbed their passports and headed to Canada to check on Severt. They’re not even sure if he knows he left the country, his whereabouts or that he caused such a scare.
“God was watching him because he didn’t get into (an) accident,” said Richards.
While the search for this missing man ended in an unlikely place, his family is relieved he’s safe and they were able to find him.