At about 11:00am on Sunday July 26, 2015 the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office was notified that an 84 year old male had walked away from his place of residence in the Cassatt area of Kershaw County. Further information provided to the Sheriff’s Office revealed that the missing elder suffered from serious health issues.
Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene and the KCSO bloodhound team was alerted. In addition, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office notified SLED and requested that they provide a helicopter to aid in the search. Kershaw County Emergency Services was also notified and preparations were made for additional manpower to support law enforcement officers.
The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office bloodhounds and handlers began tracking in the area surrounding the missing man’s home. After nearly two hours the bloodhound team was able to locate him in a wooded area not far from his residence. Bloodhound handlers determined that the man had wandered a good way from his home and had circled back. When they located him he was heading away from his home, lying under a tree adjacent to a dirt path in order to get out of the sun. He was disoriented, barely able to talk or walk and was suffering from heat exhaustion.
After deputies located him they were able to get him into an air conditioned patrol car and over to a waiting ambulance. He was assessed by EMS personnel, but he refused additional treatment. EMS personnel helped him into his home where his wife was waiting.
“I’ve got to give it to the bloodhound team. More often than not they find their subject, whether it be a missing child, vulnerable adult or criminal,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “The deputies who make up this team are extremely dedicated and they serve the public well…. and the dogs do a great job, too.”