BY BRYNA ZUMER, firstname.lastname@example.org
2:16 PM EST, January 3, 2013
A Belcamp man with dementia was rescued from a creek near his home about 1 1/2 hours after he went missing Monday night, the Harford County Sheriff's Office reported Thursday morning.
Gary E. Folley, 67, went missing at about 8 p.m. from the 200 block of Golden Eagle Way.
He was reported to have dementia and barely able to walk. Witnesses told police they saw him walking out of his neighborhood at about 7:30 p.m., according to the sheriff's office press release.
With temperatures in the low- to mid-30s and conditions "dark and damp outside," the sheriff's office requested a Baltimore County Police Aviation Unit and a police bloodhound.
"Due to his age and medical condition[,] deputies knew Mr. Folley was vulnerable to exposure and possibly death," the sheriff's office said in a release.
The Aviation Unit used an FLIR device, which is capable of detecting a heat signature, to find Folley in a wooded area near his home about 90 minutes later, where he was "lying in a stream[,] cold, wet and suffering from exposure."
He was treated at the scene by members of the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company and then taken to Harford Memorial Hospital in stable condition.
"The caretaker looked for him in the neighborhood for about 20 or so minutes before calling," sheriff's office spokesman Eddie Hopkins noted.