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Community effort helps locate missing Berrien Co. man

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A view of Wednesday's search efforts, as seen from the GSP helicopter A view of Wednesday's search efforts, as seen from the GSP helicopter
Emergency vehicles and personnel gather near the edge of the wooded area where John Bethea was located Emergency vehicles and personnel gather near the edge of the wooded area where John Bethea was located
An areal view of the wooded area where John Bethea was located An areal view of the wooded area where John Bethea was located
BERRIEN CO., GA (WALB) -

Berrien County's Sheriff said Thursday that he is greatfull for the community's help in locating a missing Berrien County man with Alzheimer's.

70 year-old John Bethea wandered away from his home in Berrien County Wednesday around 11 a.m. as he and his wife went to check their mail. Law enforcement searched a nearly ten mile area for six and a half hours Wednesday, even calling in a GSP helicopter for help.

Bethea was found around 7 p.m. in a dense wooded area. He was dehydrated, but was otherwise okay.

"Just every day citizens came out and started walking through the woods and ridin' 4-wheelers and golf carts," said Berrien County Sheriff Anthony Heath. "I tried to remain optimistic through the entire search. We always like for it to be a rescue mission and not a recovery."

Heath recommends that people use some type of electronic monitoring device or alert system with Alzheimer's patients to help law enforcement track them in case they go missing.

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