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Man Found Safe After Search

Efforts of Halifax County Emergency Services personnel were rewarded early Monday morning when a missing 88-year-old Oak Level man was found in relatively good condition, according to Kirby Saunders, county emergency services coordinator.

Alzheimer’s patient William Womack wandered away from his Oak Level Road home around 11:30 Sunday night, prompting family members to begin searching for him, Saunders said.

When the search proved unsuccessful, a family member flagged down Virginia State Trooper K. R. Martin around midnight. The trooper immediately notified Halifax County Sheriff’s deputies who arrived quickly, Saunders said.

A K-9 unit with the sheriff’s office was called to assist, in addition to the Halifax County Emergency Services’ Search and Rescue Team and members of the Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department.

Approximately 25 searchers assembled at Oak Level Fire Department to begin a ground search. In the meantime, the sheriff’s K-9 was making swift progress in finding the trail of the missing man, Saunders said.

Ground search operations quickly ended when the missing 88-year-old was located in a heavily wooded area a short distance from his residence around 1:45 a.m. Saunders said Womack had suffered only minor injuries, and he was returned to his family members.

All emergency operations concluded at 2 a.m. Sunday, Saunders said.

“We were very fortunate to locate Mr. Womack as quickly as we did,” said Saunders. “Cold temperatures and a blustery wind could have spelled disaster, but thanks to the quick response of all involved we were able to return Mr. Womack to his family.”