WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 27-year-old North Carolina man reported missing after an EF-3 tornado tore through Mt. Juliet early Tuesday morning has been found safe in Knoxville.

According to police, an officer encountered Benjamin Fitch, who explained he was waiting on a ride back to North Carolina. A tornado hit Mt. Juliet about an hour later, killing at least three people in the area.

Police said early Wednesday morning they had received word that Fitch’s ride did arrive, but he had not been located.

Hours after the alert was issued for Fitch, officers said he was found safe in Knoxville.