EASLEY (WSPA) – The man who was reported missing Monday morning has been found in a wooded area, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
Robert Billy Todd, 76, was found on the ground and barely conscious several hundred yards from the Doodle Trail at about 3:00 this afternoon, deputies say.
They believe that Todd traveled half a mile or more from his residence during the night.
Todd was taken to the hospital by EMS for heat-related illnesses, dehydration and difficulty in breathing.
Search crews had been combing the area since daybreak with the assistance of a canine and a SLED helicopter.
Members from Pickens County Emergency Management, Pickens County EMS, Pickens County Rescue Squads, Pickens City Fire Department, Easley City Fire Department, Pumpkintown Fire Department, Shady Grove Fire Department and American Red Cross conducted ground searches throughout the day, facing extreme heat.
No foul play is suspected in this incident and Sheriff Rick Clark issued the following statement:
“As we continue to pray for Mr. Todd’s full recovery, I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of the entities within Pickens County that came together in support of the efforts to locate one of our senior citizens. Pickens County is blessed to the have the partnership between the various first responder groups that never hesitate to work together in unison for the citizens of Pickens County. I also want to give a special thank you to Elljean Baptist Church and their staff as they graciously offered their facilities to first responders and the use of their parking lot where the Command Center operations were conducted.”
Robert Billy Todd was reported missing from his home on Poinsett Circle in Easley around 10:45 p.m. Sunday.