It was a miracle in Morgan County today as rescue crews found 85-year-old William “Bill” Whitten alive. He was last seen late Thursday walking to his mailbox on the 200 block of Willard Maiden Road in the Goby area. He did not return back inside the residence
Whitten suffers from early stages of dementia so crews scrambled quickly to start their initial search.
Multiple rescue and fire agencies from Morgan and surrounding counties along with the Morgan County Correctional Complex dog tracking team and Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopters searched the area.
One agency involved in the search is the Cumberland County Rescue Squad. Officials told 105.7 News late last night this is a region 2 call out meaning assistance has been requested from rescue squads throughout the state.
Crews continue their ground search aided by two helicopters this morning.
Whitten was located around noon today off of Oscar Maiden Road.
Whitten was flown by Lifestar to U.T. Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries.
Morgan County Sheriff Wayne Potter wishes to thank all the agencies that helped locate Mr. Whitten and a special thank you to James Maiden. Sheriff Potter also wants to thank Pastor Buster Armes of Elizabeth Baptist Church for allowing them to use the church.