Missing Elma man found

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office has found the 59-year-old Elma man who wandered away from his home Wednesday afternoon.

“The missing Elma man, Mr. Park has been located by family and is being attended to. Nice to have a happy ending to a long, suspenseful time,” the Sheriff’s Office posted on their Twitter account early Saturday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office does not have information as to why the man appeared to his family or exactly what condition he was in, because his appearance occured after the department had exhausted their resources Friday evening, according to Detective Bill Adams with the Sheriff’s Office.

“We have opinons on why he showed up and how he showed up, but his condition seems to be good and we’re just glad he was found,” said Adams.

Friday evening, the Sheriff’s Office notified the public, via their Twitter account, that they would terminate the search if no clues were found by the end of the evening.

“We have had 6 counties of man trackers, k-9 quads, horses, aircraft, explorers, jeeps, boats, etc., without finding any clues,” the account states. They also tweeted that the family of the missing man would like to “thank everyone for all they have done.”

Richard L. Park walked away from his home in the 1900 block of West Star Lake Drive between 3 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release. Search and Rescue efforts began after the Sheriff’s Office was contacted about 10 p.m., and the search was ongoing since then.

On Thursday, aircraft from the Civil Air Patrol joined the search along with search and rescue teams from Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston, Pierce and King counties. Kitsap County joined the search Friday.

Family members had said because of Park’s brain cancer, his functional age is about 12 years old, and his behavior is similar to that of an Alzheimer’s patient.

The Sheriff’s Office will post updates on missing persons on Twitter @MasonCoSheriff.

Anyone with information should call 911 or the Mason County Sheriff’s Office at 360-427-7761.


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