UPDATE: State Police Use ATVs, Helicopter to Find Missing Man

An old man with Alzheimer's disease was found early this morning in the woods near Niantic River Road

A press release from the Connecticut State Police:

Thursday, at approximately 6 p. m., the Waterford Police Department was notified by family that an elderly man was missing from his Waterford home. The 83 year old man identified as Shepard K. Linscott, 83, who had left his 9th Street residence an hour earlier and failed to return.  Family members reported to authorities that he failed to return from his daily walk. They also reported that the man suffered from medical issues and had been gone for more than two hours.

After an initial search was conducted by first responders from the Waterford Police Department and Oswagatchie Fire Department, the State Police Emergency Services Unit was contacted to respond to assist in this search. State Police K-9 teams including a bloodhound responded. In addition Troop-One, the State Police helicopter, was summoned to participate in searching for the subject form the air.

Exhaustive search efforts continued in the Niantic River Road area for several hours, utilizing Trooper One’s thermal imaging device, with Troopers,  police officers and firefighters on foot utilizing ATVs and watercraft.  

At approximately 12:45 a.m., a State Police K9 team located the elderly man in a densely wooded area, a significant distance away from his residence.  Rescuers were guided through the swampy area by “NIGHT SUN” illumination from the State Police Helicopter Trooper 1 to the location where the man was found.  The man was conscious and alert.  He was carried from the woods by rescuers and taken to a local hospital for further treatment.


Jayne Keedle October 25, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I received the call (and it came without my having to sign up) but I also found it a bit difficult to understand some of what was said. I called the police department for clarification for the story.
Raul Laureano October 25, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Thanks to Waterford Police Department and thanks to Paul/ Patch who also kept us updated. Good job!!!.
Lora Virga October 25, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Great job to Waterdord and State Police and Oswagache Fire Dept.. Thank you Waterford Patch for keeping use informed. Helicopter over my house and my daughter looked up Waterford Patch to see what was going on.
Dawn P. October 26, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I agree-the message about the address wasn't clear-need to talk slower and more clear to fully understand all words on the alert. I heard the helicopters last night and was very happy that we have the means to find people. I hope he is ok.
E Waldron October 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Thanks so much to all of the searchers, a job well done. So glad Waterford has the system and the means to organize such a search. God bless all of you who worked so hard for this happy ending.


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