Former Ky sheriff found 4 days after disappearance

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Associated Press

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 8:05 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former sheriff with Alzheimer's disease who disappeared from his western Kentucky home was found in a wooded area Monday after days of searching.

Searchers found 89-year-old Robert E. "Bobby" Haynes inside his pickup truck near his Breckinridge County home. Haynes was dehydrated and hungry but otherwise healthy, said Breckinridge County Emergency Management Director Marty Moore.

"For a guy being gone that long, he was in pretty good shape for that age," Moore said.

Family members had frantically searched the sprawling property and farm in Harned since Haynes' disappearance on Thursday, his daughter-in-law said.

"We're pretty close-knit, and it had devastated us that he was not with us," said Sue Haynes, who is married to Bobby Haynes' oldest son.

Haynes' truck became stuck between two trees in a wooded area and he couldn't get out, she said.

Bobby Haynes served as Breckinridge County sheriff in the early 1980s. He lives at the end of Bobby Haynes Road, which runs through the family's 370-acre farm, Sue Haynes said. She said his truck had veered off a four-wheeler path and into thick woods, where the vehicle couldn't be seen.

"I don't know how in the world he got that little two-wheel drive truck back there," she said.

Rescuers had used helicopters and planes to search the area, but the cover was too thick for spotters to see the bright red truck, Sue Haynes said. A relative had asked some friends who work on a search team in Grayson County to help look for him on foot Monday, and they found Haynes in the morning after about a half-hour of searching, she said.

"The sad part about it is, a lot of us had been around that field" where he was found, Sue Haynes said.

She said Bobby Haynes would remain in a hospital for a few days.

The family and the community were overjoyed when Haynes was found, Sue Haynes said. Several relatives posted message on Facebook Monday expressing relief that he was alive.

"We're going to have a big party, let's put it that way," she said.

Officials issued a Golden Alert on Thursday after Haynes disappeared. He was last seen driving his red Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.

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