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Quick action saves vulnerable missing man

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Paul Doll says he's not a hero Paul Doll says he's not a hero
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Spokane County man is back home with his family. Monday night, 38-year-old Michael Parker was gone.  He disappeared and Spokane County deputies were worried because they say Parker operates at a 7-year-old's mental level. Deputies alerted the media so we got the word out. That's where Paul Doll enters the picture.

Doll spotted him walking on the corner of Linden and Dalke. He said it looked like he had been laying on the ground, but other than that looked OK.

"Down the road from where we live is kind of rural. There was a gentleman standing next to the road, and I noticed him," Doll told KHQ's Liz Burch.

He'd seen Parker on the news and recognized him.

"He didn't know where he was at. That's what caught my attention. He had his hands on his hips and was staring around," Doll said. "I was surprised to see him standing there."

So he called 911, and pulled up next to Parker, chatting with him until help arrived. Thanks to Doll's swift actions and good eye, the Sheriff's Office was able to come get Parker, but Doll says he's not a hero.

"No, you just ask people if they need help and help them," Doll said.

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