Navy veteran playing Pokemon Go finds missing man, also a Navy vet

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COVINGTON, KY (WCMH) — When Allison Hines isn’t at work, you might find her staring at the screen playing Pokemon Go. 

“Every day I have to go and get my silly Pokestop,” she said. 

But because of her mom, she is always paying attention.

“She always taught me to be observant and empathetic, and look for things that just don’t look right,” she said. “Because somebody just might need some help.”

On Saturday, the person that needed help was wearing a U.S. Navy hat. 

“I smiled, and he didn’t smile back and I thought that was very unusual especially for this generation,” she said. “They’re usually very social. As I got around the corner, everything in my being said stop, turn this car around and go check on him.”

Hines is also a Navy veteran. 

“He said, ‘I’m Homer,'” she said. 

But something didn’t seem quite right. She asked him if he knew where he was–at Kenny Shields Park in Covington, across the river from Cincinnati. 

“‘Do you know you’re in Kentucky?’ He had a very shocked look on his face, and said, ‘I’m in Kentucky?'”

Thirty miles away, Homer Howard’s family was praying. He had been missing for more than 24 hours. 

His daughters, Tammy Richardson and Tonya Geringer, didn’t know they were praying for a Pokemon Go trainer.  

“I prayed that some Good Samaritan would find my dad and stop and actually talk to him, and help him,” Geringer said. 

“Excited to hear someone who could see him,” Richardson said. “After he had just been gone for so long.”

And now, Homer is back at his home sweet home. 

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