Police rescue missing 82-year-old from creek | News
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A missing person's case came to a swift resolution Sunday morning.
According to Gwinnett police, a granddaughter called police after her 82-year-old grandfather went missing from their home in the 1700 block of Green Oak Circle. The granddaughter told dispatchers Sigun Yan typically needs a wheelchair or cane to get around the house and was concerned when she saw the wheelchair but didn't see him.
"His wheelchair is in the house and he's gone," she says in the 911 call. "I usually say goodbye to him before I go (to work) and I can't find him," Joy Cao later told 11 Alive News.
She told dispatchers she last saw him after she made breakfast around 8:30 that morning. After searching the neighborhood and talking with neighbors, she called 911.
A team of officers from the Gwinnett County Police Department arrived and were able to locate him within 10 minutes, according to a release.
"We know that based on historical findings of where these people are found, that a lot of Alzheimers patients, elderly persons and children are often found near bodies of water," Cpl. Michele Pihera said.
Cpl. Pihera said the first place police looked for Mr. Yan was in a creek bed, down a steep ravine behind the family's house. They found Yan lying on his back on a downed tree that fell across the creek that had running water several feet below.
"He was chilling there sunbathing," his granddaughter said he told her.
Because of his limited mobility police officers physically carried Yan out of the ravine to his granddaughter. "Right now, I'm so happy we found him," Cao said. "My neighbors and the police officers, I really appreciate all the people helping me that day."