Elderly Whitefield man located after wandering away from home
WHITEFIELD - An elderly man was found safe by searchers near Bray Hill Road Saturday afternoon after being missing for most of the day.
Officials say 80-year-old Frederick Wheeler of Whitefield was reported missing by family members around 9:30 a.m. An initial search in the area around the residence was conducted by family members, but unable to locate him, called police for help.
Fish & Game Conservation Officers were notified by Whitefield Police about the incident and immediately contacted a State Police K9 unit to assist in the search. After a search failed to locate Wheeler, additional resources were called in. Rescuers from New England K9, Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue and Pemigewassett Valley Search and Rescue answered the call and responded to help in the search.
Search sectors were assigned for the wooded section off of 843 Jefferson Road and teams scoured the woods looking for Wheeler. At approximately 3:20 p.m., searchers made up of PEMI volunteers and a Conservation Officer located a clue which ultimately led to the discovery of Mr. Wheeler, who by that time, had managed to make it out to Bray Hill Road. He was subsequently transported back to his family by Whitefield Police and checked out by Whitefield Fire & EMS. Although tired and thirsty, Wheeler was uninjured and in good spirits.
Wheeler is a former Marine and combat veteran from the Korean War and lives with his daughter and son-in-law off of Jefferson Road in Whitefield.