SADDLEBROOKE, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Pinal County Sheriff's Office located a man who walked away from his Saddlebrooke home on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
According to a PCSO news release, Search and Rescue deputies tracked down 89-year-old Ralph Dawson, who walks with a cane, after finding a shoe print they believed to belong to him about a mile from his house.
Trackers following marks left by Dawson's cane narrowed the search area, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter was used to find him at about 11 p.m. in a desert area only about 300 yards from the trackers and about a mile and a half away from his home.
Dawson had left his home at 62816 East Flower Ridge Drive in Saddlebrooke at about 9:30 Wednesday morning.
"PSCO has some of the best Search and Rescue trackers in the state." Sheriff Mark Lamb said in the release. "Without their skills of noticing a shoe print and marks left by Mr. Dawson's cane, this could have been a much different ending."
Dawson was taken to a hospital for treatment. His condition was not disclosed.