UPDATE: 9/15/13 @ 11:00 P.M.
WIRT COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ)—The search for an elderly man with dementia ended on a positive note Sunday afternoon.
Police found 73-year-old William Ray Barton in a barn not far from where his car was found in the Palestine area.
“I'm tickled to death I thought this was going to be the last time,” Barton’s son William Barton said of his father’s rescue.
Nearly 60 first responders and volunteers searched for Barton Sunday using a helicopter, search dogs and knocking door-to-door.
“We are the smallest county in West Virginia by populations but have some of the the biggest hearts,” Wirt County Office of Emergency Services Director Edwin Wriston.
Barton’s son tells WSAZ.com this was not the first time his father went missing though it was the longest. He said Barton doesn’t realize how long he was gone.
“He doesn't have a clue, he thought he was at home last night,” William said, adding a family member will likely drive with Barton from now on.
“He won't be travelling alone,” William said, ”He's lost his drivers license, he doesn't know it yet but maybe when he sees this on TV he'll realize he's not driving.”
UPDATE: 9/15/13 @ 4:50 P.M.
FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An elderly man missing from Fayette County has been found.
Police say William Barton, 73, is now being brought to the Wirt Fire Department -- close to where he was discovered.
No other details are being released at this time.
WSAZ has a crew in Wirt County.
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FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police have discovered the car belonging to an elderly missing man from Fayette County.
William R Barton, 73, was reported missing by his family on Saturday, September 14.
Early Sunday morning, Barton's car was found in the middle of the road in Wirt County, W.Va. Police say the engine was still running, but was parked in the middle of Garfield Road in Palestine -- about 8 - 9 miles from the Jackson County line.
Police say Barton suffers from dementia. There is no evidence which direction he began walking after abandoning his car.
A silver alert has been issued. Police say Barton is about 5'6" and weighs 168 lbs. He has hazel eyes and white hair (slightly balding).
Anyone with any information on William Barton's whereabouts is asked to contact the West Virginia State Police at (304) 420-4600.