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Monday, June 19, 2017

Search for Carter Update
Just before 8 am today searchers indicated they had found Richard Eugene Carter, a 74 year-old resident of Ground Squirrel Road in Del Rio. Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes said Carter returned home this morning on his own. "He simply went somewhere for the night and raised concern with his family by his actions." Saturday afternoon, Carter's wife Margaret left the couple's home at about 2:30 pm, returning a 9 pm, to find her husband was gone. Mr. Carter reportedly had left his dogs and his identification at home when he left, taking only his walking stick. He also left a note according to Cocke County Deputy Colby Franco. The note reportedly asked that Ms. Carter not look for him saying "I will be OK." Ms. Carter searched for her husband over night and then contacted Central Dispatch at 4:02 am Sunday. A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter searched the area at 7:30 am and at 11 am, a Tennessee Department of Correction bloodhound search team from Morgan County arrived at the scene. The dog detected a scent near the Carter home, but it was lost a short distance away. Deputy Franco Colby said family members were concerned because Mr. Carter is partially blind and has a medical history of high blood pressure and diabetes. So at noon on Sunday a large contingent of searchers began converging on the area. Captain Josh Hall of the Newport Rescue Squad said the search continued throughout the afternoon despite intermittent heavy thunderstorms. "We have about 50 people here, Del Rio Volunteer Fire Department, Brushy Mountain Bear Club, and several surrounding rescue squads are here to help us," Captain Hall said. The Rescue Squads included Sevier, Bean Station, Morristown, Jefferson, Grainger and Greeneville. The searchers also used ATV's, some equipped with stretchers, because of the mountainous terrain with heavy underbrush. Gordon Sexton, a member of the bear hunters club, supplied each search team with a GPS collar, usually worn by hunting dogs to track them during a bear hunt. He said in that way, if Carter was located, his exact location could be relayed to medical personnel.


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