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Search For Missing Man Ends Successfully

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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Park dispatch received a missing person report from the La Porte County 911 center early on the morning of November 24th. A 61-year-old man who is a diagnosed epileptic was overdue from a visit to the park. His wife, who’d notified the center, had dropped him off at 3 p.m. the previous afternoon to go metal detecting in the Mt. Baldy area of the park. He was not dressed for the weather and overnight temperatures were in the low 30s. He’d also missed taking his epilepsy medication. Ranger Bill Tadych was called out from his residence and conducted a quick but unproductive search of the area. Tadych then began calling in additional assistance, including a search dog team from nearby Michigan City. A hasty search by the dog team proved inconclusive. While the park began mobilizing for a more intensive search, Tadych requested assistance from a security guard at a power plant that adjoins the park. The guard found the man inside the park. The man said that he’d gotten turned around in the woods, but that he found the power plant fence and was following it back to the road when he became entangled in thick brush and was unable to go any further. He therefore decided to stay where he was until morning. Tadych assessed the man’s condition and cut him out of the brush. He was cold but otherwise in good condition and declined medical transport.



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