RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A 69-year-old man missing in Ripley County has been found alive, according to Sheriff Ron Barnett.
Sheriff Barnett said James Tedder, of Mississippi, was found about 6 miles north of where he was last seen.
He said a friend from back home heard he was missing and joined in on the search efforts, which included several local authorities. Tedder was found on Bear Pen Road in rural Carter County.
"He's alive," Sheriff Barnett said. "He got lost and was hungry and thirsty."
Authorities in Ripley County were looking for Tedder who got lost early Tuesday morning while squirrel hunting with a friend. They say Tedder has squirrel hunted in the area for more than 20 years.
Sheriff Barnett said Tedder got separated from his buddy around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday off J Highway close to 4823 Forrest Service Road, which is a dead end.
According to the Ripley County Sheriff's Office, about 25 people were out searching. They included conservation agents, members of the forest service, deputies and emergency management officials. Search dogs were also called in to assist.
Barnett says he is so thankful that there was a positive outcome, and wants to thank those who helped with the search, including the Red Cross who brought food and drinks to the site.