Missing man is found quickly;
volunteers thanked for their help

Wanda English Burnett

A man who walked away from the Manderley Health Care Center on Saturday caused quite a stir.

According to information from Shawn Negangard, owner of the facility, a male resident was discovered missing about 4:00 p.m. An alert went out immediately.

The Osgood Police Department, Osgood Volunteer Fire Department, Indiana State Police and the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Ripley County Emergency Management Agency, facility staff and members of the community came together like nothing Negangard had ever seen. “I just couldn’t believe it,” he told the Osgood Journal.

Negangards aid there were people on foot, bicycles, and in cars searching for the missing man.

It was soon discovered that the resident had gotten outside of the fenced area where he found a car in the parking lot with the keys inside, and took a ride. He was found later that same evening. Negangard reported that the missing man stayed overnight at the hospital for observation and was brought back to the facility at Osgood the next day.

Negangard commends his staff, all the responding agencies, and the surrounding community volunteers who came together to assist in locating the resident. “It’s times like this that proves what a great community we live in,” Negangard noted. “I just couldn’t count all the people who helped us. It was amazing,” Negangard concluded.