UPDATE: Elderly Dementia Patient Found Safe In Woods

April 17, 2014

in News,West Windsor

By Eric Francis, Standard Correspondent

WEST WINDSOR — West Windsor’s volunteer firefighters successfully located an elderly resident who wandered away from his home on Weeden Hill Road on Thursday morning.

The 80-year-old man, who suffers from dementia, was last seen by family members around 7:15 a.m. and emergency services were alerted at 9:30 a.m to respond to his house to begin forming up a search party.

Police and an ambulance crew from Windsor also responded to Weeden Hill to help with the search.

West Windsor Fire Chief Mike Spackman said two thermal imaging cameras that can detect body heat were brought to the command post but they did not end up being used before members of the West Windsor fire department found the man unharmed in the woods at 10:15 a.m. — about a half-hour after searchers spread out looking for him.

“We had a bunch of people going in different directions because of the time difference from when we were toned,” Spackman said. “He was not really properly attired for the conditions. It was 20 degrees this morning.”

“We had a successful search. We found him in the woods less than a half-a-mile from his house,” Spackman said. “The ambulance people checked him out and we returned him home.”

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