Herchial Lonnie Jones, 69, a resident of Corinthian Arbors on North Harper Road, was found by a K-9 unit after 7 p.m. following an extensive search of the wooded area near the apartments.
Police Chief Ralph Dance said the man is likely dehydrated, but it looks like he’s going to be OK. He was taken to the hospital.
With the potential for dehydration in the heat, Dance said it was starting to look grim before the man was found in a dense wooded area off North Harper Road well behind a house.
“He is a strong old man,” said Dance. “He is a survivor, there’s no doubt.”
Several years ago, Jones survived being hit by a train while hunting in a wooded area.
He is known to spend a lot of time walking in the woods, said Capt. Dell Green.
Jones was reported missing by family on Wednesday. He had last been seen Monday near the wooded area that runs adjacent to the apartment complex. The manhunt focused on the wooded area and along Phillips Creek, which is just west of the apartments.
“I want to thank our detective division for an outstanding job,” said Dance. “They’ve been working on this ever since he was reported missing by the family.”
It was a dog with the Benton County Rescue Squad that found the man Thursday evening. Dance expressed thanks to them, local volunteers and a team from Homeland Security who joined in the search.
“We appreciate everybody’s help,” said Dance. “It was a coordinated effort.”