Man missing for 2 days found in swampy water near his home
A 73-year-old man missing for two days was found by researchers in several inches of water in a wooded swamp near his New Jersey home and was taken to a medical center for assessment, authorities said.
The man from Lacey Township – who suffers from both dementia and Parkinson’s disease – was reported missing at 10:10 a.m. on Saturday, nearly 48 hours after leaving his home around noon Thursday, the Asbury Park Press reported .
Lacey Police Department Chief Michael DiBella said officers immediately checked out places he was known to frequent, but as the weather deteriorated the search was extended to part of Edwin National Wildlife Area B. Forsythe near the man’s home.
DiBella said members of the off-road units found the missing man around 2:45 p.m. in the wooded area of the swamp.
The man was “lying on his back in several inches of water and was unable to move,” but was conscious and able to speak, DiBella said. He was taken out of the swamp and taken out of the woods by port emergency medical personnel in an off-road utility vehicle and taken to a Toms River medical center for further evaluation.
Officers were joined in their search for the woods by staff from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and the Lanoka Harbor Fire Company with assistance from the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit and units of off-road police department and sheriff patrol.