MORRIS – Some residents who live near Old Pine Bluff Road received a reverse 911 call Tuesday regarding a missing elderly man who was safely found a short time later by authorities.
At about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the son of an 87-year-old man with Alzheimer’s called police when he could not find his father at their Old Pine Bluff Road home.
Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan said Wednesday a basic reverse 911 call was later put out to residents in the area to look on their property for an elderly man who may be wandering around.
About 7:15 p.m. Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District personnel found him at the Mazon River, Callahan said Tuesday. The man had slipped into the river and had his feet submerged when he was found.
It appears the man had wandered from Old Pine Bluff across Pine Bluff Road to a field located near the Mazon River Bridge, Callahan said.
Morris fire, Morris police, the Grundy Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources all responded to the call. A Lifestar helicopter also flew over to see if they could help find the man, the sheriff said. The MABAS 15 dive team also was called in, but the man was found just before the dive team went into action.
The man was dehydrated and taken to Morris Hospital, but overall, the incident had a good ending, he said.