A coordinated effort by local law enforcement agencies who deployed a drone to find a missing 79 year old gentleman who suffers from Alzheimer’s was successful, and the man was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital by an ambulance.

A command post was established last night around 10:30 pm, and a ground search was coordinated that included the Moore County Sheriff’s Department, First Responders from The Eastwood Fire Department, and The Southern Pines Police Department’s K-9 team, according to a news release from The Moore County Sheriff’s Office.

A North Carolina State Highway helicopter, a drone team from The Wake Forrest Fire Department, and The Fayetteville Police Department also aided in the search for the man.

Drones located the missing man in a wooded area close to his home this morning at 5:00 am.  The news release did not state if the man had injures or was taken to the hospital for observation.

“This operation not only included the Moore County Sheriff’s Office but also units with Eastwood Fire & Rescue, Moore County EMS, NC State Highway Patrol, Southern Pines Police Department, Moore County Public Safety, Fayetteville Police Department and Wake Forrest Fire Department. All have my sincere appreciation for their assistance,” said Sheriff Neil Godfrey. “This happy ending is a great example of teamwork that employed technology and a collective group of dedicated selfless servants.”


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