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Dunlap police find elderly man who wandered into woods

Dunlap Off. Mark Fyfe finds an elderly dementia patient who was lost in the woods for 1-2 hours March 2.  Photo courtesy of Dunlap Police Department.

March 3, 2019 – The Dunlap Police Department on Saturday morning rescued an elderly man with dementia who wandered off into the woods.

According to Police Chief Clint Huth, the 76-year-old man walked away from his home into a large woods near the Hook Street / Fork Street area.

A family member noticed the man was missing not long after he disappeared and notified police.

Responding officers requested a tracking K-9 team from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office,” Chief Huth said later in the day. “Additional first responders from the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office and Sequatchie County Rescue Squad also assisted with establishing a perimeter of the area.”

But before the K-9 unit arrived, Dunlap Officer Mark Fyfe spotted the elderly man in the woods. The man had become disoriented, Huth said.

The gentleman had been in the woods for approximately 1-2 hours and appeared to be okay,” he said. “As a precaution, though, he was transported to Erlanger Sequatchie by Puckett EMS for further examination.”