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Elderly Man Found, Rescued on Appalachian Trail

1 March 2019 Front Royal/Warren County News


An elderly man was rescued off the Appalachian Trail after being injured to the point that he was unable to walk and suffering from hypothermia.

75-year-old Thomas Sowers was reported missing by family members on Wednesday (2/27/2019) after he did not return from a day trip to a portion of the trail in Warren county. Deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office were able to locate his vehicle on Pomeroy Road at 7:47 p.m. that night, but were unable to find him due to rough terrain and cold temperatures. They contacted the Virginia State Police, who used both an aviation unit and K-9 unit to locate Mr. Sowers two miles up the trail. He had been unable to walk due to a non life-threatening injury, and was extricated by Warren County Fire and Rescue before being transported to the Warren Memorial Hospital.

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