Man, 88, found safe after overnight search
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 30, 2012 | 1104 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A man who suffers from Alzheimer’s strayed away from his home sometime during the night Sunday or early Monday morning. He was found several hours later, safe but cold.

Sherill Hayes, 88, of a Ladd Springs Road address was found a short distance from his home.

Richard Taylor, a reserve deputy with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Emergency Management official, used tracking skills and K-9s to find Hayes, who is reportedly legally blind as well.

Officials first thought Hayes may have traveled along the roadway.

“I had been tracking north of his home and got to thinking if he couldn’t see well, then he may not have gone far,” Taylor said.

Officials had converged at the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency command post, which was set up within the perimeter of the scene to be searched.

Hayes had been last seen around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. He was found at 10 a.m. Monday.

Bradley County deputies and Bradley County Fire-Rescue personnel went to the scene just before 5:30 a.m. Monday to aid in the search, according to reports.

Bradley County 911 reports noted the temperature was 43 degrees with a wind chill making it feel like it was 39 degrees.

Officials found out Hayes was wearing a University of Tennessee bright orange windbreaker.

“We had already searched the area behind his home and had crossed over Ladd Springs to search in a wooded area there. Jeff Gunter with CBCEMA spotted him wearing his orange coat. We notified command that we had located him,” Taylor said.

Taylor also said Hayes appeared to be suffering from hypothermia due to the cold conditions.

Bradley County Emergency Medical Service paramedics transported Hayes to SkyRidge Medical Center after treating him at the scene.