UPDATE Massachusetts State Police Release — 10192014 — State Police Locate Missing Elderly Man
On Saturday, October 19, 2014 the State Police received a call from the Chief of the Washington MA Police Department reporting a missing elderly male from their town. The man is described as an 86-year-old while male who suffers from Alzheimer’s. He was last seen walking away from his residence in Washington at 6 p.m. Friday evening. He was wearing a windbreaker with blue, gray and orange colors, and blue jeans. Troopers from the State Police Barracks in Cheshire responded to the initial call and additional assets were requested for the search. A State Police K-9 Unit and an Airwing helicopter were dispatched to the scene. The Environmental Police assigned an officer on an ATV to the search and the Becket Police Department assigned two officers with thermal imaging cameras to assist. CSX Railway was contacted and a train was halted while the tracks were searched. The search continued into the evening but was scaled back due to darkness, with a full scale search to continue in the morning.
At 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 19, 2014 the search broadened after a briefing at the Washington Town Hall, with 50 State Police personnel including troopers from the Cheshire barracks, members of the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), the Airwing, and K9 joining the search. Other agencies assisting in the search included the Environmental Police, members of CSX Railroad, and approximately 25 members from both the Central Massachusetts Search and Rescue Team and the Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue Team.
At approximately 11:35 a.m. the missing man was located by a State Police helicopter approximately 1/3 of a mile from his house in a thickly wooded area. Troopers were guided to him by members of the airwing helicopter crew. Lieutenant Leverone, Commander of the SERT team, stated that the man was being treated for dehydration and exposure and would be transported by ambulance to an area hospital as soon as they were able to get him out of the woods.