SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove police, local fire companies, emergency medical service crews, bloodhounds, and even helicopters were called out Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 8, 2015) to successfully locate a wandering Sanatoga man, age 83, who unexpectedly left his East High Street home.
The man, whose name was not released, had been involved in a verbal domestic dispute at a home in the Windhaven Estates mobile home park, 2917 E. High St., police Chief Michael Foltz said. He left the residence following the altercation without saying where he was headed, and police were called at about 3:35 p.m. when he did not return as daylight faded.
“Officers feared for the man’s well-being due to his age, the elements, and impending darkness,” Foltz noted in a press release.
He credited Sgt. Scott Weidenhammer with immediately assembling the “resources to conduct an area search.” With steep terrain nearby, there were some concerns the man might fall and become injured, the chief later added in a phone interview.
Fire trucks, ambulances, the township’s emergency management trailer, police vehicles and a small crowd of volunteers all could be seen at times during the 2-1/2-hour period in the area of East High near Windhaven.
The man was finally located at about 6:40 p.m. on a property along Sanatoga Road in the area of Snell Road. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation related to minor injuries and exposure to the elements, according to Foltz. The man at no time posed any danger to the public, the chief added.