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Missing man found after day-long search in Carlton

Staff Reports Posted 7 July 2015 at 12:00 am

CARLTON A Barre man who went missing on Sunday night was found safe on Monday afternoon, Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess said.

The man’s family had called Orleans County 911 on Sunday night at about 11:20 after he failed to return to a campsite at Lakeside Beach State Park in Carlton, where they were staying.

The man, who was not identified by law enforcement, had left the park to take someone home, and was expected to come right back. The family further reported that the individual might be suffering from early onset dementia, Hess said.

A missing person’s report was filed and the vehicle description was disseminated to local law enforcement agencies.

The search intensified around 12:30 p.m. Monday when Lakeside Beach State Park Manager Thomas Rowland found the missing man’s truck on state park property off the west end of an unpaved park service road that is normally off-limits to park patrons.

The truck was stuck in some soft ground on the east bank of Johnson’s Creek, and appeared to have been abandoned there, Hess said. This prompted a massive search detail involving several law enforcement agencies, the Sheriff’s Marine Unit, K-9 dogs, a State Police helicopter, state park employees and the Carlton Fire Department.

Searchers located the man shortly before 4:30 p.m. and after he was checked out by EMS personnel, he was returned to his family. Hess didn’t detail where the man was located.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, agencies involved in the search included the New York State Park Police, state troopers from the Albion barracks, New York State Environmental Conservation Police, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Border Patrol.