Missing Vergennes, IL man found alive

Missing Vergennes, IL man suffers from dementia, other health problems
Ralph Zoller, 79, was reported missing on Tuesday evening. (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office)
Ralph Zoller, 79, was reported missing on Tuesday evening. (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office)
Ralph Zoller's red 2004 Dodge pickup. (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office)
Ralph Zoller's red 2004 Dodge pickup. (Source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office)

JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A missing Vergennes, Ill. man has been found alive.

Ralph Zoller, a 79-year-old white male, was last seen on Monday afternoon, June 29 at his home.

He was found around 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday in a corn field near Vergennes, not far from his home.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Zoller was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration, but otherwise was not seriously injured.

The Illinois State Police Air Operations Unit located Zoller's truck early Wednesday morning.

The air unit guided authorities to the area, about 1/2 mile west of McMahon Road.

The sheriff's office reports Zoller was not with the truck.

However, investigators were able to locate him several hundred feet from the truck in high corn.

Sheriff Robert Burns said the air operations played a large role in finding Zoller.

"Without their assistance, the likelihood of finding Zoller's truck in a ground search was extremely remote," Burns said in a news release.

Deputies say Zoller was reported missing by his family on Tuesday evening. They say his red 2004 Dodge pickup with a silver camper shell was also missing.

According to deputies, Zoller suffers from occasional dementia and other health problems.

The sheriff's office was assisted throughout the search by the Vergennes Fire Department, the Elkville fire and police departments, and the Dowell Police Department.

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