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Update: Missing man found, recovering in hospital

Asia Ashley Staff Writer

October 21, 2013

A man who had been reported missing Sunday afternoon was found alive shortly after 1 p.m Monday.


Curtis Smith, 80, was located “in the woods a significant distance from his house” on Celebration Boulevard,” said Lt. Mark Kostial of the LaGrange Police Department. A police official said that Smith had been crawling around and was slightly disoriented when he was found.


Nearly 30 public safety officials from agencies including the LPD, Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Troup County Fire Department and Coweta County Sheriff’s Office took part in Monday’s search for Smith, who reportedly has Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disease, affects memory and thinking skills.


A Coweta County aerial unit spotted Smith in the woods Monday, though the helicopter, K9s and a blood-hound team participated in Sunday’s search.


“It’s significantly difficult to do a search at night as opposed to the day time,” Kostial said, explaining that the helicopter’s thermal imaging detection system did not detect Smith during Sunday’s search.


Kostial reported that Smith was stabilized at the scene and transported to West Georgia Health for evaluation and treatment where he was still undergoing treatment as of this morning.


“Mr.Smith is doing much better today and continues to improve,” said Detective Chris Pritchett.


Smith was reported missing about 6 p.m. Sunday after he apparently wandered away from his home on Celebration Boulevard. His wife had last seen him sweeping off the porch of the house, according to 911 officials.