Haines City police say missing Tennessee man found in hospital

A missing man who was last seen Monday in Haines City has been found in a hospital, police said.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office and Haines City Police Department had been searching for 23-year-old Elias Quentin Ladd.

Investigators said Ladd had last been seen before 10 a.m. Monday at the Publix located at 617 US 17/92 West. Ladd, who was in town from Tennessee to visit his brother, was reported missing on Tuesday evening.

Deputies located Ladd's 2011 white Nissan Altima around 9 p.m. Tuesday in orange groves in the area of Babson Park.

Authorities searched for Ladd from the air and on the ground, using both K-9 units and bloodhounds, but could not find him. Police and family members tried to reach him on his cell phone but were unsuccessful.

Hours after asking for the public's help to find Ladd, police said he was located in a local hospital and was safe.