Missing elderly man safely located in wooded area

Eddie Owens

After many hours of searching, a missing elderly Spalding County man has been located.

According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, 82-year-old Eddie Owens was reported missing at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday night.

Deputies responded to the area of Owens’ West Ellis Road residence, and a search of the area immediately ensued.

Dix activated the Land Air Water Search Unit (LAWS) and requested assistance from the Spalding County Fire Department and the Georgia Piedmont Region K9 Search and Rescue Team.

Searchers and K9s canvassed the area on foot and the Sheriff’s Office drone was utilized in the search.

The search continued until late Saturday night and resumed at daybreak Sunday.

Owens was ultimately located by K9s and the search team. He was just north of his residence in a wooded area on West Ellis Road.

Dix reports Owens is safe and being medically evaluated at WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital.

“We are so grateful that Mr. Owens has been found and is safe,” Dix said. “I can’t express enough my gratitude to the men and women of the Spalding County Fire Department and the Georgia Piedmont K9 SAR. These team members worked alongside Spalding deputies and were able to coordinate a search and rescue that led to Mr. Owens being located.”

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