A 79-year-old Baldwin City man who was reported missing earlier in the day was found Monday night west of Clinton Lake and taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Woodridge Park at Clinton Lake
Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman, said that about 11 a.m. Monday, the man went to the Woodridge Park area on the northwest side of the lake for a hike with his dog.
Family members reported him missing Monday evening, and deputies began searching at 7 p.m., Lewis said. Staff members with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Clinton Township Fire Department assisted.
Lewis said as a thunderstorm was approaching officers were preparing to suspend the search, but Clinton Township firefighters found the man at 9:30 p.m., before the storm hit. The man, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital where he was treated for exhaustion and dehydration, Lewis said.
“The Sheriff's Office appreciated the assistance of the Corps of Engineers and Clinton Township Fire Department,” he said. “It was invaluable in our efforts to locate the missing individual.”
Deputies had found the dog, a collie, with the man’s vehicle when they initially arrived at the park. An officer took the dog the hospital to be reunited with the family. A hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon the man was in good condition at LMH.