After spending the night on Jackson Island, an elderly fisherman reported missing Saturday night was found Sunday morning by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.
“He was on that island,” said county Patrol Lt. Eddie Graybeal. “He was fine. He was just really cold and tired.”
The man’s car was found empty on Charlie Carson Road at about 1 a.m. Sunday, Graybeal said. He said the man was found at 10:46 a.m.
“We knew he was probably in the area somewhere,” he said. “He had been missing for over 24 hours and we had already made a missing person report.”
Graybeal said the man’s family knew he enjoyed fishing in the area he was found, but they were not notified where he was going.
“The family had noticed his vehicle was missing from the driveway and they got concerned,” Graybeal said. “When they started checking for him, they couldn’t find him.”
The family reported to police that the man had been gone since Friday, and Graybeal said he is relieved the man was found before anything worse happened.
“We were worried,” Graybeal said. “He didn’t tell anyone where he was going. I’m glad we found him and he’s all right. We were concerned with his age.”
The sheriff’s office was assisted by emergency medical services, search and rescue, the Nolichucky Fire Department and the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department.
Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said the man has been known to fish in the county and they were able to eliminate the county as a place he could be found Saturday night.
“He was a little disoriented when they found him,” Hensley said. “But he’s alive and well.”