A Colorado man who was a Broncos fan went missing from a game on Thursday and was found nearly 100 miles away five days later. It appears that the man left the game on his own free will, but it is not clear why he left without telling anyone where he was going.
Police found 53-year-old Paul Kitterman in a K-Mart parking lot in Pueblo, Colorado. He was healthy and well when he was found and police interviewed him to find out why he left the game.
“He wanted to walk ‘somewhere warmer,'” the Pueblo police statement said. “Kitterman mentioned sleeping in treed areas and in bushes during his journey to Pueblo and even mentioned disposing of his Broncos hat as he did not want to be recognized.”
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Paul did not attend the game alone, but his friend Tia Bakke and stepson Jarod Tonneson said that they are not sure what would have motivated the man to just walk away like he did.
“Right now we are still unsure what happened to Paul. We know he is very tired. We are not certain of what has happened but we know Paul had some sort of breakdown. We are moving forward and taking all of the appropriate steps to help Paul,” Bakke and Tonneson said in a statement to ABC news.
Police said that Paul was able to answer questions and carry on a conversation but claimed that he was tired and ready to return home.
His family was happy to have him back safely and thanked everyone for their help in finding Paul.
“We know there are many questions that some of you may have but for the time being we are asking that you respect [their] privacy as they have been through a lot,” the family said in a statement on Facebook. “We love all of you and we will never forget your kindness, compassion, and your willingness to help us find Paul.”