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Man rescued after being lost for 30 hours

Missing man Donald Moss photo credit: Facebook Missing man Donald Moss photo credit: Facebook
Search and Rescue Coordinator Lee Garick and Deputy Emergency Management Director Rodney Parker walk through the Desoto National Forest Search and Rescue Coordinator Lee Garick and Deputy Emergency Management Director Rodney Parker walk through the Desoto National Forest
JONES COUNTY, MS -

A 78-year-old man is alive and well after going missing for 30 hours in Jones County.

First responders started searching for 78-year-old Donald Moss at 10:30 p.m. on Monday night. First responders searched for 12 hours, and said it was a miracle that Moss was still alive when they found him.

“His age is a factor and the heat index on Sunday and Monday was over 100 degrees,” Jones county search and rescue coordinator Lee Garick said. 

First responders ended up finding Moss in the Desoto National Forest about a mile and a half away from his house. Garrick said Moss suffers from several medical conditions and appeared to be disoriented when rescue crews approached him.

“He was slightly confused and was looking forward to getting out of the woods,” Garick said.  “He was thirsty and hungry.”

Moss was given food and water and was taken to the hospital where he was reunited with his family. Garick said he is happy that rescue crews were able to find Moss.

“If it was your family member that was missing and you were 95 percent sure he was on the property somewhere you wouldn’t stop looking because it got hot or you got tired, “ Garick said. “You want to keep going with it.”

Several other officials from Forrest, Perry and Wayne County also helped rescue Moss.

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