UTAH COUNTY (ABC4 News) – An all-out search effort is underway in rural southwest Utah County for an endangered senior citizen from Goshen who hasn’t been seen since Thursday.
Searchers are battling the clock and fearing the worst after Edward Reynolds’ truck was found abandoned seven miles south of Elberta just before midnight Monday.
The 68-year-old left home at 4:10 on Thursday afternoon and never returned. He wasn’t reported missing until Monday.
Following up on a tip, Utah County Sheriff’s deputies found Mr. Reynolds’ pickup stuck in a ditch, keys still inside and hood up. Rocks and wood placed under a rear tire reveal an effort to get the truck out.
Sergeant Spencer Cannon of the UCSO told ABC4 search and rescue teams arrived at dawn Tuesday.
“We just have got feet on the ground, dogs on the ground and pilots in the air and horseback as well,” Sgt. Cannon said. “So that somebody can find him and get him back home.”
Mr. Reynolds suffers from memory loss and had his truck not been located he would have been the subject of Utah’s first Silver Alert. The new law passed this year calls for Amber Alert-type warnings on highway signs for any endangered adult, defined as a person 60 or older or a person under 60 who has a form of dementia.
Rep. Lee Perry (R-Perry) was the House sponsor for the Silver Alert Bill.
“It’ll help law enforcement have a set of policies and a plan to follow,” Rep. Perry said. “So that when someone goes missing likes this we can get the word out as quickly as possible, and we’ll be able to find them.”
Captain Greg Willmore of the Utah Department of Public Safety told ABC4 that the Silver Alert system is operational as of Tuesday, the same day that search teams continue to scour acres of sagebrush for Mr. Reynolds.
“He does have a couple of medical conditions and he didn’t take any medication with him when he left home so that’s a concern,” Sgt. Cannon said. “You also have to consider the possibility that he might be injured or he might be having some difficulties with his medical condition so there’s a real urgency to find him and get him the help he might need.”
It’s a needle in a haystack quest that is growing increasingly urgent with every hour that passes.
If you have seen Mr. Reynolds or know where he may be, call Central Utah Dispatch at (801) 794-3970.