***UPDATED 6:45 p.m. June 7, 2016***
MCDUFFIE COUNTY, Ga.(WJBF) — Rescuers with the Columbia County ATV Team tell WJBF News Channel 6 that they have found 79-year-old Reese Langham, who has Alzheimer’s and has been missing since Sunday night. He was found in a wooded area and is being taken to the hospital for an evaluation.
MCDUFFIE COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – Law enforcement officials remain hopeful in the search for a missing McDuffie County man battling Alzheimer’s.
A search crew started looking near the home of the 79- year-old man Sunday night. Efforts to find Reese Langham have been very wet and muddy, but the warmer temps actually mean he could still be walking around.
An around the clock search for Langham and his dog sent the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office, DNR and several other agencies out in an effort to try and bring him home.
“‘It’s a real wooded area in McDuffie County, the north west portion,” McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ronnie Williamson said.
Glascock and Columbia Counties as well as the McDuffie County Fire Department and Georgia State Patrol all pitched in to help.
Despite on- again, off-again heavy rains, the search crew combed the Ridge Road area, Wrightsboro Road, Vicmore Road and Highway 80.
The 79-year-old white man was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and gray slippers.
While the weather made search by helicopter and drone difficult, Chief Deputy Williamson said it’s not a total washout.
“The rain is like the ocean on the beach, you know, it keeps it clean. So, we should be able to located any foot tracks a lot easier and to get a trail.”
The 3-mile search area expanded just a few hours shy of what has now been more than 24 hours since Langham left to walk his two dogs.
Williamson added, “There is a handgun missing from the residence. We don’t know if he’s got it or if that gun has just been misplaced. The key to it is he does have a dog with him.”
While two dogs left with Langham, one dog, a Cocker Spaniel returned
home after a few hours.
“Please contact 911 and let someone know. Do not approach the gentleman. It may scare him and he may wander off deeper into the woods,” Chief Deputy Williamson said.
A spokesperson with GEMA in Atlanta said men typically do well with warmer temperatures and not well with cold weather. All are hopeful that Langham will be found.