Missing Man from Eagle Rock Found Several Miles from Home

The Barry County Sheriff's Office responded to a missing person call at 5:00 pm on Friday evening.  Deputy Taylor Lombard and Cpl. Scott Salkill were dispatched to Eagle Rock to attempt to locate 73 year old William Adams.  Mr. Adam's wife stated that he left the house to go bow hunting down M Hwy.  Mr. Adam's truck was located in a field at State Hwy M and Rock Creek Road.  It appeared that Mr. Adam's had gotten confused about where he was at and kept 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.  Sheriff Epperly stated that along with the 2 K-9 units from Carroll County and Joplin, Several Barry County Sheriff's Office Deputies, Eagle Rock Fire, Central Crossing Fire Dept., Missouri Conservation and LOTS of volunteers joined in on the search Friday evening for Mr. Adams.  Barry County 911 attempted to PING Mr. Adams cell phone and also spoke with Mr. Adams to try to figure out his whereabouts.  Sheriff Epperly stated that after a while, the cell phone went dead and the search continued til around 3 am Saturday Morning and was called off due to the time of morning and fear that some of the searchers might get lost.  Sheriff Epperly states that the search resumed at 5 am Saturday Morning with ATV's, K-9's ,Horseback Riders and lots of volunteers on foot.  Mr. Adam's was located around 11 am on Saturday at Mossy Oak's Property on Farm Road 1230 close to Turkey Mountain One in Shell Knob, Mo by some of the Eagle Rock Fire Dept. personnel.  Sheriff Epperly states that he transported Mr. Adams to the Mercy Ambulance located on FR 1230 to be checked out.  Mr. Adams was in pretty good condition for someone his age who had walked several miles overnight.  He was dehydrated from lack of water and Mr. Adams stated that he was really lost. Sheriff Epperly would like to thank all the agencies who came out to help locate Mr. Adams along with all the volunteers who walked and searched for Mr. Adams.  I am glad to live in a great community where everyone comes out in times like this to help other people.   


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