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The Latest: Missing judge, 91, found alive in wooded area

Pennsylvania State Police Captain Christopher Paris answers questions during a press conference about the disappearance of federal judge Edwin Kosik, 91, in the William J. Nealon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Scranton, Pa., on Thursday, March 30, 2017. (Jake Danna Stevens / The Times-Tribune, Via AP)

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a missing 91-year-old federal judge who has memory problems (all times local):

8:20 p.m.

A 91-year-old federal judge with memory problems who was reported missing from his home in northeastern Pennsylvania has been found alive.

U.S. Marshal Martin Pane tells The Associated Press that Edwin Kosik was found Thursday night about 100 yards from his car in a wooded area of Dunmore, outside Scranton.

Pane says Kosik was conscious and talking. He was taken to a hospital.

Kosik suffers from memory loss and stopped hearing cases last month. He disappeared from his home Tuesday night. That sparked an intensive search involving the U.S. Marshals Service, state police and the FBI.

Pane says two boys found Kosik’s SUV and alerted law enforcement. A search dog immediately picked up the scent and found the judge.

Kosik sent two corrupt judges to prison for their roles in a notorious juvenile justice scandal known as “kids for cash.”

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This item has been corrected to show the marshal’s name is Pane, not Paine.

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5:10 p.m.

U.S. marshals have been unable to confirm a possible sighting of a missing 91-year-old federal judge on the Pennsylvania Turnpike heading toward New Jersey.

State police took to the air Thursday as the search intensified for U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik, who suffers from memory loss.

Kosik recently stopped hearing cases because of health issues and takes medication for memory issues. Investigators say that might have prompted his disappearance in northeastern Pennsylvania late Tuesday.

U.S. Marshal Martin Pane says authorities haven’t ruled out foul play.

Kosik spent more than 30 years on the federal bench. He sent two corrupt judges to prison for their roles in a notorious juvenile justice scandal known as “kids for cash.”

He was last seen trying to enter a closed grocery store pharmacy near his home outside Scranton and then driving away.

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9:15 a.m.

The U.S. Marshals Service is looking for a 91-year-old federal judge who has been reported missing from his Pennsylvania home.

Edwin Kosik disappeared from his home near Scranton around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Marshals say he’s driving a gray 2015 Acura with driver’s-side damage and may be “at special risk of harm or injury.”

Kosik stopped hearing cases last month because of health issues.

Marshals are planning a news conference Thursday to discuss his disappearance.

Kosik was appointed to the federal bench in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. He’s best known for presiding over the “kids for cash” case, in which two local judges were accused of taking money from the developer of a pair of for-profit detention centers.

 

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