A US television reporter was getting ready for a live update about a missing man this morning when the man himself emerged from bushes in the background and said hello.
Robert McDonough, a 73-year-old with dementia, had been missing from his home in the state of Maine for more than 14 hours when a news crew went to his street to report on the case.
Footage shows reporter Norm Karkos with his back to Mr McDonough as the elderly man, in a white shirt and jeans, strolls up and exchanges a polite greeting.
Karkos is clearly still none the wiser as he turns over his shoulder and responds to the man with a friendly smile.
But as Mr McDonough stops to speak to the crew behind the camera, the expression on the reporter's face slowly turns as the penny drops and he realises the identity of the dishevelled man.
The news crew immediately notified local wardens, who had spent hours searching the same area with search-and-rescue dogs and four-wheel motorbikes.
An official soon arrived on the scene to check the man was well, which he said he was.
Karkos said he spotted some blood on Mr McDonough's hand but otherwise he appeared to be in good condition.
"Well, sometimes timing is everything," Karkos told views. "And good news, and a happy ending. The gentleman behind us, you're looking at, that is Robert McDonough."
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving Editor: Emma Chamberlain.