Multiple agencies, several counties searching for missing elderly man

JASPER, Ga. -- Multiple agencies from several counties are currently mounting a search for a missing elderly man who might have dementia.

Authorities are searching for 79-year-old Ben Thebaut in the Sharp Mountain Preserve Subdivision. Officials told 11Alive Thebaut was last seen walking away from his home on Terrace Way toward the woods at around 3 p.m. Sunday. Investigators said Thebaut has been suffering from dementia-like symptoms, but the condition has not yet been confirmed by a doctor.

Crews from the sheriff’s office, fire and the Georgia State Patrol searched on the ground and by air well into the night, Sunday, as investigators tracked any possible destinations that Thebaut could have been traveling to.

Searchers returned at day break the following day to continue the search for the man, which lasted well into the evening. 11Alive’s SkyTracker was over the scene of the search Monday.

PHOTOS | Search underway for missing elderly man

Right now, officials with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, Pickens County Fire Department, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Corrections, Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office are all involved in the search.  

Officials are asking concerned citizens not to go into the search area at this time until authorities deem it necessary.

Thebaut is described as a white male with gray balding hair who is 5’09” and weighs 180. He was last seen wearing a brown sweatshirt and a camouflage “boonie” style hat.

If anyone sees or has any information on the whereabouts of Thebaut, they are asked to please call 911.

(© 2016 WXIA)


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