Search and rescue effort locates missing man

The elderly man was missing for nearly a full day in an unfamiliar environment

The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office helped coordinate a search over the weekend after a 72-year-old man went missing with three dogs from the Seabrook area.

The man was recovered approximately a day later with the dogs, suffering from hypothermia but alive, according to a social media post from the sheriff’s office.

The initial call came in on June 1 at about 6 p.m. from the man’s spouse, according to the post; the man went for a walk with the dogs and had not returned. He suffered from dementia, according to the post, and was unfamiliar with the location.

Sheriff’s deputies and rangers from Washington State Parks, with drone support from the Aberdeen Police Department, responded to the region, but the man was not found, according to the post.

The search was expanded according to the post; search and rescue teams from Mason County, Thurston County, Grays Harbor Fire District 8, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management, the Hoquiam and Aberdeen police departments, German Shepard Search Dogs and South Puget Sound K9 Search and Rescue all assisted.

The man was located alive after approximately 24 hours of searching in rough weather and wooded terrain; he was treated for hypothermia and released to family members, according to the post.

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