Missing man found after 19-hour search

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Eagle Rock man got lost after bow hunting trip near Hwy. M

An Eagle Rock man was found in good condition after being reported missing Friday night and not located until Saturday morning.

According to the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Taylor Lombard and Cpl. Scott Salkill were dispatched to Eagle Rock to attempt to locate William Adams, 73, who was reported missing by his wife at about 5 p.m. Friday.

Adams' wife said he left the house to go bow hunting down Highway M. His truck was located in a field at Highway M and Rock Creek Road. It appeared that Adams had gotten confused about where he was and began walking.

The Carroll County Search and Rescue K-9's attempted to track Mr. Adams from his truck but lost the trail. Joplin Search and Rescue's K-9 also joined in the search. Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said along with the two K-9 units from Carroll County and Joplin, several Barry County Sheriff's Office deputies, Eagle Rock Fire Department volunteers, Central Crossing Fire Department staff, the Missouri Department of Conservation and numerous volunteers joined in the search Friday evening.

Barry County 911 attempted to ping Adams' cell phone and also spoke with Adams to try to determine his whereabouts. Epperly said after a while, the cell phone went dead and the search continued until about 3 a.m. Saturday morning, and it was called off due to the time of morning and fear that some of the searchers might get lost.

The search resumed at 5 a.m. Saturday with ATV's, K-9 units, horseback riders and many volunteers on foot.

The Eagle Rock Fire Department search team located Adams at about 11 a.m. on Saturday at Mossy Oak's Property on Farm Road 1230, close to Turkey Mountain One 
in Shell Knob.

Epperly said Adams was transported to the Mercy Ambulance located on Farm Road 1230 to be checked out. Epperly said Adams was in good condition for someone his age who had walked several miles overnight. He was dehydrated from lack of water and said he was really lost.

"I would like to thank all the agencies who came out to help locate Mr. Adams, along with all the volunteers who walked and searched," Epperly said. "I am glad to live in a great community were everyone comes out in times like this to help other people."

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