An elderly Bowdoin man was missing for about four hours Wednesday before he was found safe in a wooded area near his home on John Tarr Road.

Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry said the pilot of a Maine Warden Service airplane saw Guy Kittle, 85, just after 5 p.m.

Merry said that Kittle, who has dementia, had wandered away from his home at least three times before, the last time on Christmas Eve.

“He was located and found to be in good spirits, but his feet were wet,” Merry said. Kittle was taken by ambulance to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick as a precaution.

Kittle was last seen around 1 p.m. His disappearance triggered a search involving several local and state agencies, including the Maine Warden Service, a dog from the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office and the Bowdoin Fire Department.

Merry said Kittle was wearing an orange hat, which probably helped the pilot of the airplane spot him.

Merry said Kettle’s wife is his caretaker.