Man reported missing Sunday is found safe
Staff Report | August 20,2013
CASTLETON — Police organized a search for a 73-year-old man who was reported missing Sunday but the man was found safe a few hours later, according to Detective Lt. Todd Illingworth, of the Vermont State Police.
Illingworth said Todd Somner reported about 1 p.m. Sunday that his father George Somner Jr., 73, was missing from his home at the Crampton Trailer Park in Castleton
Somner had last been seen on East Hubbardton Road near Exit 5 off Route 4 around 11 a.m.
The family had been searching for him for about two hours before they contacted the Castleton Police Department. Somner has health issues including difficulty walking.
The initial response was coordinated by Detective Steve Dechen of the Castleton Police Department which included emergency responders from the Fair Haven Police Department, the fire departments of Castleton and Poultney, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the Vermont State Police.
Officers patrolled the roads and spoke with residents at the trailer park and surrounding area.
A police dog was part of the search and members of the Castleton Fire Department did a half mile ground search of the area around Somner’s home and the Exit 5 area.
Around 6:30 p.m., an acquaintance brought Somner back to his home.
He had been found at Crystal Beach Park on Route 30.
Somner was in good health and did not require medical attention.