Family thanks rescue workers, volunteers for finding missing senior

The family of a missing Brown County man is thanking rescue workers for helping save him last week.

They say that 76-year-old Joseph L. Carmer was found safe Friday afternoon after spending the night outside in the rain. Carmer suffers from dementia and was last seen at his home Thursday afternoon. He was found about a mile and a half away from home, says his daughter, Robin.

After searching almost all night Thursday, rescue workers called off the search at about 3 a.m. Friday, and started searching again a few hours later.

Carmer said her father was finally found by a woman with a search dog in an area that had already been searched before.

They believe he found shelter from the weather underneath an abandoned bulldozer in the area. By Friday afternoon, family members were losing hope.

Carmer credits her father’s survival with all of the volunteer efforts to help him. Those includes search parties, searchers on horse, rescue dogs, four-wheelers, hikers and others looking for him.