An elderly man, 85 years old, was located December 30 after a disappearance from his home in less than two hours. The disappearance brought a large response after state police in the Derby barracks received a report at 4:30 p.m. that a senior citizen had walked into the woods behind a residence on East Hill Road in Troy, and was unable to be located by family. Temperatures at the time were freezing with blowing wind, and several swampy areas posed further safety concerns. Troopers responded to the scene along with state police K-9 units, state police drone pilots, and a member of the state police Search and Rescue team. Troy volunteer firefighters and personnel from Newport Ambulance Service also assisted. A search team quickly deployed into the woods. K-9 Carbon picked up the subject’s scent and began tracking his trail. At 6:15 p.m. the man was located in the wooded area and brought out of the woods by first responders and members of the public. He was evaluated by Newport EMS and transported to North Country Hospital as a precaution. There was a sizeable presence of emergency personnel on East Hill Road during this incident, and the roadway was reduced to one lane for several hours as search efforts were managed. Vermont State Police thanked its first-responder partners as well as members of the public who assisted in bringing this incident to a safe resolution.
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