UPDATE 6/30/14 @ 5:55 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- It was a sigh of relief for a family in Scioto County, after a loved one was found safe.
Dale White, 47, went missing Sunday afternoon.
Family members said he has Down syndrome and diabetes, and that made the search an even more dire situation.
Hours of searching in the air and on the ground, as well as a feeling of fear, all turned into celebration as Dale White was found safe.
"We've all been looking since, I got here around 9 o'clock last night," said Dale's sister, Stacie White.
Dozens of people in Minford joined the search for Dale.
Family members said he has Down syndrome and diabetes, and that made the search a matter of life or death.
"He's my brother. I mean, we all love him and we all care for, so we just want him back home," White said.
His sister's wish came true nearly 24 hours after he vanished.
"They found him up on the ridge, right back here, and he was almost to the top of the ridge, but he was sitting down," White said.
Family members shared a moment of relief, as crews came down from the ridge, pulled Dale out, and put him in an ambulance.
It was a sign this nightmare was over.
"They think he may have fractured his leg, but other than that, all vitals are good, he's a little bit shaken up," White said.
It was no easy effort.
About 60 people, including several Scioto County Fire Departments and the prison's search and rescue team, scoured roughly 1 square mile of woods and thick brush looking for Dale.
Ohio Highway Patrol also brought in a plane to search from the sky.
"Pretty much the whole community came together to help find him," White said.
His sister said this isn't the fire time he's gone missing, but he's always come home.
This time, she said they're especially thankful, and they just want to be together again.
"Happy that he's been found," White said.
Deputies said every search and rescue mission is different and changes with the terrain and the weather conditions.
Searchers tell WSAZ.com that Dale Allen White was found just before 11:45 a.m. Monday in a wooded area. There is no word on his condition, but a medical squad has been called to the area to help carry him out of the woods.
White was last seen on SR 139 near Oliver Road in Minford about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Some 60 people have been taking part in the search Monday morning.
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Dale Allen White was last seen on SR 139 near Oliver Road in Minford about 5:30 p.m.
White is 5’1”, 140 lbs., brown hair with gray eyes. He was last seen wearing black cut off shorts, and a red shirt tied around his waist. He was also wearing brown and gray shoes.
The Sheriff’s Office says White looks like he is 16-year-old.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Scioto County Sheriff’s 911 center or 740-354-7566.