When a homeless man is finally found, it’s a ‘happy ending’

A homeless man who disappeared for nearly six years was finally found last month after a search that was the longest of its kind in the state, authorities said.

The homeless man, whose name has not been released, was found last week near a highway bridge in the town of White Rock in Washington County, about 70 miles northeast of Seattle, the Washington State Patrol said.

He was a resident of a nearby camp and had been there for about a year, authorities told ABC News.

He had been living on the streets since being evicted from his apartment in December 2014.

A family member had been searching for him and contacted authorities, but was unable to locate him, according to a statement from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said it was not immediately clear how the homeless man had managed to evade authorities.