G. Sam Piatt
SOUTH SHORE —
Rescue workers were continuing to search late Saturday evening for an elderly South Shore man who apparently wandered away from his home maybe late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
Gerald Boyles, 75, was reported missing before noon Saturday, said Wid Boyles, his brother. He said that’s when Boyle’s wife, Jeanie, called him to say she couldn’t find him.
“He could have wandered off late Friday, we don’t know,” said Wid Boyles. “Jeanie isn’t able to take care of him all the time herself. It’s one of those cases where you just don’t know what to do.”
The couple live on Fifth Street in Sand Hill, a subdivision off U.S. 23 located 2.5miles east of South Shore.
Boyles said his brother suffers from Parkinson’s disease and has “a little Alzheimer’s going, too.”
Although he has difficulty walking very far, he disappeared earlier in the week and Boyles found him in a ditch near McKell Middle School, two miles from home.
“He was aware and knew things but how he got that far I don’t know. He told me he was going to the bank. He was carrying $815 in cash in a small plastic container.”
He said he did not know if his brother had money with him Saturday or not.
“Somebody could have given him a ride and just kept on going. You don’t really know what to think.”
Members of South Shore, Firebrick and Maloneton volunteer fire departments searched the woods south of Sand Hill. A helicopter crew and a crew with a tracking dog joined the search throughout Saturday afternoon and evening. Friends of the family on four-wheelers also drove through the woods
“I searched the woods six hours myself,” Boyles said. “My sister and I own more than 30 acres back there and on days when he could walk better he liked to walk that property.”
G. SAM PIATT can be reached at (606) 932-3619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.