Missing Ash Fork Man Found Safe

3/4/24

An elderly man from Ash Fork was located after being reported missing last Monday.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, a man reported his 72-year-old uncle missing from his home. The missing man, who was suspected to have undiagnosed dementia, would often wander around the 20-acre parcel, but had been gone for 5 hours.

Deputies checked the residence, outbuildings, surrounding area, and local businesses but were unable to locate the man. A drone, a helicopter, a search and rescue team, and forest patrol were called out. Searchers found cigarette butts outside the home’s main gate and, knowing the man smoked, followed the trail, locating him in good physical condition approximately 2 miles away.