Elderly Dillsburg-area man OK, found after overnight search

Liz Evans Scolforo

An elderly Carroll Township man is safe after a nearly 14-hour search located him in a heavily wooded area of the township, police said.

Kenneth Tracy, 79, went missing sometime between 7 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to Carroll Township Police Chief Tom Wargo.

Kenneth Tracy

Township officers checked Tracy's house and discovered it was empty, he said.

"They started calling out the troops at that point," Wargo said.

Officers, firefighters, local K-9 police units and members of several search-and-rescue organizations all combed the area for Tracy, the chief said. That included the Cumberland County Search and Rescue Team, which helped organize the effort, he said.

"There was somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 or 60 people involved in the search," he said. "It's the largest search I've been involved in. The best way you can describe it is 'organized chaos.'"

Searchers focused on wooded areas surrounding Tracy's Warrington Road home, according to Wargo.

"It was a fairly large area," he said. "We needed manpower, we needed boots on the ground."

A nearby pond at a former ski lodge was searched by boat as a precaution, the chief said.

Walking trails: The chief said there are walking trails behind Tracy's home that lead to the woods, and officers were told Tracy enjoys walking on those trails.

"All indications were that that's the area he would have gone," Wargo said.

About 10:30 a.m. or so Thursday, searchers found Tracy in the woods off a dirt road called Pennsylvania Avenue, the chief said.

A four-wheel vehicle with an attached stretcher carried the man to safety.

Tracy appeared to have a bruised cheek and perhaps some dried blood on him, according to Wargo, leading the chief to suspect Tracy fell while walking.

He was taken to a local hospital to be checked out, the chief said, adding that Tracy was conscious and alert.

Wargo said he's proud of the job done by local police and firefighters, and grateful for the outside help they received.

"I would want someone to take the time to look for me," he said. "We'll exhaust all the means we possibly can to find a missing person."

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.