Missing NC man found unharmed

A man missing from North Carolina was found safe on Primland property near Claudville on Tuesday afternoon, according to Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith.

The incident began when Patrick authorities were contacted Nov. 12 by family members of Freddie Junior “Pete” Wood, 72.
Family members told deputies that Wood had left his home in a white Ford truck pulling a trailer and heading to a location on Dobyns Road to make a delivery, Smith said.
When Wood did not return home by 9:30 p.m. Monday, family members contacted local authorities, Smith said.
Deputies searched throughout the night for Wood. Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Allen joined the search early Tuesday.
Because Wood was reported missing from North Carolina, agencies there became involved in the search and RA-Tech Aviation provided an aircraft to search for the vehicle.
Information about Wood also was entered into the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) as being a missing, endangered adult due to a health condition, Smith said.
Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the aircraft located the Ford in a wooded ravine on Primland property. Wood was found unharmed at that time and was transported to Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy, N.C.

Allen, who flew in the plane during the search effort, said he appreciated the help from RA-Tech Aviation, and the pilot, Nolan Kirkman.

Without their efforts, Allen said Wood likely would not have been found on Tuesday. He added windy conditions made the task even more difficult, but Kirkman “did a great job getting us in the right area to start the air search.”


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