The 89-year-old father of Baltimore City Council Vice President Edward L. Reisinger III, who had been missing since last week, resurfaced Tuesday night after seeing news reports about his disappearance.
Edward L. Reisinger Jr. called his girlfriend after spotting his photograph on TV, his son said.
"'He called her up and said, 'Why am I on TV?' " the councilman said.
The elder Reisinger, a retired Sparrows Point steelworker, had been staying in a hotel since he left the Morrell Park house he shares with his son and daughter-in-law Friday afternoon, the councilman said.
Reisinger had not contacted any of his children or his girlfriend since leaving the house to cash two checks Friday afternoon, his son said. He left home without his cell phone, a change of clothes or medication, prompting family members to fear foul play.
Reisinger apparently had grown upset over a discussion about a fire he started in the microwave, according to his son.
The elder Reisinger appeared to be "happy and healthy" when he met with homicide detectives Tuesday evening and "was providing entertainment to all in his presence," according to police spokesman Donny Moses.
The councilman said he was grateful to police who searched for his father and to all who had offered prayers.
He said he spoke by telephone with his father, who told him he was not ready to come home yet because he still had another night at the hotel.
Baltimore Sun reporters Justin Fenton and Jessica Anderson contributed to this article.