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Missing man found in Independence

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

INDEPENDENCE — A resident of Hilltop Home for Adults in Independence, previously reported missing, was found Wednesday night in town.

Independence Police Officer Matthew Adams said the man, said to be in his 40s, left the home Wednesday evening.

The Independence Police Department received the report of the missing man at 6:08 p.m.

Adams set up a command post at the East Grayson National Bank branch, near the town limits. From there, he said, teams were directed where to go.

Adams said police officers focused on the buildings and streets in town, while rescue squad workers searched the outskirts of Independence and into Grayson County.

Officers even searched the crowds at both a basketball game and a wrestling match at Grayson County High School.

The man was found shortly after 9 p.m. at the intersection of Graystone and Beaverdam roads.

A passing motorist, David Kirk of Independence, spotted the man and called the police department.

“Rescue squad workers had been at that intersection several times,” Adams said. “David was just there at the right time.”

Assisting in the search were Baywood Search and Rescue, Virginia State Police, Virginia State Police Aviation Unit, Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, Independence Police Department, Independence Fire and Rescue and two search dogs from Stokes County, N.C.

Adams said the man was found just as the search dogs arrived in town.