By The Examiner staff

A man who disappeared from Independence last week has been found safe at an area hospital.

The Independence Police Department said Eric Zassalow, 56, was last seen Oct. 21 at the Turning Point Mental Facility at 1720 Swope Drive.

He went missing after leaving the facility. On Tuesday, police got a call from a hospital saying a man there might be Zassalow. He had walked into the hospital seeking shelter.

Zassalow, who needs medication for mental health issues, did not appear to have any health concerns and was returned to his home, police said.