ELKHART CO. – Tuesday night, August 30, 2022, troopers with the Indiana State Police and a deputy with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office were able to locate a man that had been reported missing in a wooded area off the Indiana Toll Road near County Road 131.
Earlier in the day troopers located a red Subaru that was abandoned on the side of the Indiana Toll Road near mile marker 102. This is approximately one mile east of the Bristol Exit. Around 9 p.m. concerned family members called the Indiana State Police to report that the 62-year-old owner of the car was missing out of Illinois.
Trooper Michael Bumbaugh found that the car was unlocked, and the owner’s cell phone was in the car. Trooper Mick Dockery came to assist, and they began to search a wooded area to the south of the Toll Road near County Road 131. Deputy Justin Scott, from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office, also came to help with the search of the wooded area.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. the missing man was located in a wooded area south of the Toll Road. Medics were called and transported the man to a local hospital for dehydration. It was determined that the man had been in the woods since early that morning.
Family members were then contacted to let them know that the missing man had been located.