Authorities and volunteers in Barrow County combed the streets on foot, by car, and in the air for an 81-year-old Winder resident who suffers from Alzheimer's, a Barrow County Sheriff's Office press release stated today (Wednesday, May 25). The man was found about three hours later.
It is suspected the elderly gentleman left his Winder home on foot around 9:00 a.m. He was given a ride from a citizen to the Barrow County Government Annex on East Broad Street and was last seen there around 10 a.m.
Sheriff's officials, Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services, the Georgia State Patrol aviation unit and the Barrow Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) all assisted in the search, which lasted approximately three hours until the man was located at the West Jackson Fire Department.
Sheriff's investigators determined the man possibly received multiple ride from various citizens, until he was picked up by a motorist in the area of Hwy. 124 in Barrow County. That motorist noticed the man appeared to be disoriented and drove him to the West Jackson Fire Department. The West Jackson Fire Department quickly notified authorities. The missing man was safely returned to his family.