Monday, December 2, 2013

Missing North Naples Man Found

Sgt. Jake Walker, left, and Cpl. Brian Wiedel confer moments after finding George Searle in a heavily shrubbed area in the Pelican Isle Yacht Club community in North Naples on Monday morning. Photo by Paige Long/CCSO

UPDATE: George Searle has been located and is safe.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies located Searle in some bushes in a heavily shrubbed area near the pool/clubhouse in the Pelican Isle community in North Naples around 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Deputies on the ground, along with CCSO K-9, aviation and Mounted Patrol units, the Emergency Response Team, Collier County Emergency Medical Services, and a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office bloodhound team, conducted an extensive search for nearly 27 hours before locating Searle. 

Deputies located Searle during an organized shoulder-to-shoulder grid search, a search-and-rescue technique that involves flooding the area with manpower and “looking under every leaf,’’ said Sgt. Terence Smith, who led the grid search.

Sgt. Jake Walker and Cpl. Brian Wiedel spotted Searle under some hedges.

“It was a good result for us,” Sgt. Smith said.

Original news release:Deputies Search For Missing Man
Collier County Sheriff's Office
Posted Date: 12/1/2013 10:15 AM
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating an 80-year-old man who has been missing since Sunday.

Detectives said George Searle was last seen by family members at their residence on Dockside Drive in North Naples around 11 p.m. when everyone went to bed. His family discovered him missing when they awoke around 7:30 a.m.

Detectives said Searle has medical issues and needs medication.

Searle is described as white, 6 feet 1 inches tall, 160 pounds, wears glasses and has white hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing dark gray sweatpants, a white shirt with a pocket and brown shoes.

Anyone with information on Searle’s whereabouts is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300.