SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYO – An elderly man missing for days in Rock Springs after he walked away from a retirement home was found safe and sound after a massive search was deployed to find him.
Milton Beck, 86, was reported missing Friday, November 9 at 9:39am by Deer Trail Assisted Living at 2360 Reagan Ave. Initial investigation revealed Beck had walked away from the property at approximately 1:37am, last seen wearing a blue flannel shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes. Beck’s behavior prior to walking out suggests that he was confused about his whereabouts and surroundings.
On Saturday, a search utilizing first responders, tracking K-9s, University of Utah AirMed helicopter, Sweetwater County Search and Rescue and citizen volunteers was organized and the west end of town was canvassed thoroughly.
The following morning a bloodhound was deployed with negative findings. A law enforcement lead search was organized and more than 75 volunteers showed up to search for Milton. However, at the end of the day, there was still no sign of him.
Officers regrouped on Sunday, November 11, and organized a flyer drive, passing out flyers door to door in the area Milton had disappeared. As the flyers were being distributed, Central Dispatch received a call from 2350 Reagan Ave. The reporting person advised that a man matching Milton’s description had just entered a neighboring vacant apartment.
Officers responded and found Beck largely unharmed inside the vacant apartment. Beck was transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County where he was treated and reunited with his family.
The Rock Springs Police Department would like to thank all first responders and citizen volunteers who participated in the search. Assistance came from far and wide including:
- Rock Springs Fire Department
- Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office
- Sweetwater County Search and Rescue
- Sweetwater County Fire
- Sweetwater County Fire District #1
- Wyoming Highway Patrol
- Sweetwater County Combined Communications Center
- AirMed University of Utah
- Sweetwater Medics