Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services assisted the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in locating a man who had been missing for a couple of days.
Family members started searching for the 54 year old man and were unsuccessful. According to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy, “The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office picked up a “ping” which is an acoustic signal transmitted to indicate a location of a missing person earlier today. A family member contacted Cherokee County 911 and indicated that her brother’s vehicle had been located and requested a deputy to come out to the location
Deputies responded to the scene at the end of Hogan Pond Lane, which is located off Highway 372, between Ball Ground and Free Home. Deputies traveled for a few miles on an old dirt road to find the man lying in his truck, which was stuck. Deputies requested Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services to respond to the scene with a gator to transport the man out of the woods. Cherokee County Firefighters responded to the scene with the Gator and were able to reach the man around 2 o’clock this afternoon. Thirty minutes later, the man was loaded into a squad and taken to Northside Cherokee Hospital to be evaulated.
According to one of the firefighters, the man was conscious, but may have been suffering from hypothermia which is a subnormal body temperature from being out in the cold for a long period of time.