Police Rescue Missing Belcamp Man from Cold

Helicopter, technology helped find a man suffering from dementia.

A Belcamp man with dementia is in stable condition at Harford Memorial Hospital after police found him lying in a stream Wednesday night.

A caregiver reported dementia patient Garey E. Folley, 67, missing at 8 p.m., said Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

Witnesses said they saw Folley, who lives on the 200 block of Golden Eagle Way, walking out of the Belcamp neighborhood at approximately 7:30 p.m., according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

After a search of the area produced no results, officers called in a bloodhound and a helicopter. The Baltimore County Police Aviation Team responded and was able to locate Folley using thermal imaging, or an infrared system, said the sheriff's office. The Baltimore County team "almost immediately picked up the victim’s heat signature," Hopkins said, which led officials on the ground to the missing man.

Folley was lying in a stream in a wooded area near his home and was in stable condition when authorities found him around 8:30 p.m., Hopkins said.

Temperatures were in the 30s Wednesday night, and Folley was soaking wet and suffering from the cold, Hopkins said. The Abindgon Volunteer Fire Company treated Folley at the scene before he was taken by ambulance to Harford Memorial Hospital, according to the sheriff's office.

Hollee Sifford January 03, 2013 at 05:06 PM
AHHHH the help of technology and swift actions paid off and saved a life...KUDOS:)
Karen January 03, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Good job!
Nancy January 03, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Poor man! My Dad suffered from dementia for years before he passed this summer. There are now GPS-like devices for folks who wander. God bless him and his family.


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