An Elbert County man that was reported missing since the early morning hours of Wednesday is safe and sound back at his residence.
A 64-year-old white male, whose name has not been released, was reported missing at 2:00am Wednesday from his Crowder Road home.
Elbert County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Darren Scarborough said that a massive search followed later that day that involved several different agencies.
“We set up a command post on Deep Creek Road with Elbert County EMA, EMS, volunteer fireman, and people that lived in the community that were familiar with the area”, said Scarborough. “The Elberton Police Department helped as well; we had the Georgia State Patrol with a helicopter, and the city of Hartwell was here with a bloodhound helping look for this gentleman.”
The search carried on until about 10:00pm Wednesday night.
Scarborough said he was contacted Thursday morning by the man’s wife saying that he had been found in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where his brother lives.
He said that he was told that the man hitched-hiked to Hendersonville.
“We made contact with the local sheriff’s office; they went to the residence and made contact with the gentleman, and stated that he was somewhat confused, that he must have walked a long ways because he was tired”, explained Scarborough. “I asked his brother how he got there, he said that he told him that he walked a long ways, and that he hitch hiked a couple of rides to get there.”
The man is back in Elbert County, and has been taken off of the missing person list in Elbert County.