MISSING N. CAROLINA MAN FOUND ALIVE

by Christian Mower on August 13, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE SAY A MISSING 72-YEAR-OLD NORTH CAROLINA MAN HAS BEEN FOUND ALIVE ABOUT 240 MILES WEST OF HIS HOME IN CLAYTON.

SGT. GARY PRINCE OF TROOP F IN TWIN MOUNTAIN SAYS HUGH ARMSTRONG WAS FOUND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING BY DEPUTIES OF THE MCDOWELL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AS HE WAS WALKING ALONG THE ROAD IN MARION, NORTH CAROLINA.

PRINCE SAYS ARMSTRONG WAS CONFUSED WHEN HE WAS FOUND – AND NOT SURE WHERE HE WAS GOING. HE WAS ALSO TIRED BUT OTHERWISE IN GOOD HEALTH.

ARMSTRONG HAD BEEN THE SUBJECT OF AN INTENSE MULTI-AGENCY MANHUNT NEAR RUMNEY, NEW HAMPSHIRE THAT BEGAN JULY 25TH WHEN HE DIDN’T RETURN TO HAWTHORNE VILLAGE FROM AN EARLY MORNING WALK NEAR STINSON LAKE.

AT THE TIME HE HAD BEEN VACATIONING IN THE AREA, NORTHWEST OF PLYMOUTH, WITH MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY.

PRINCE SAYS FAMILY MEMBERS ARE NOW MAKING ARRANGEMENTS TO GET ARMSTRONG HOME AFTER HE APPARENTLY WALKED AND HITCHHIKED FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE TO NORTH CAROLINA.

THE SEARCH FOR ARMSTRONG HAD BEEN COORDINATED BY NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICERS AND INCLUDED NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE, LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND K-9 TEAMS.