Missing man turns up safe

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Driver called 911 to report himself lost in the fog on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

 HILLSVILLE — Plans to search for a missing man by air were grounded when the subject turned up at a residence in Laurel Fork on Wednesday.

After about two days since Tom Funderburke of Misty Pine Lane went missing, Carroll officials had planned to use a helicopter to recheck part of the county for the 82-year-old Laurel Fork resident, Sheriff Warren Manning said.

The flyover was delayed by poor visibility and, in the meantime, Funderburke showed up at a home on Little Valley Road just before noon.

Funderburke got lost in fog while driving Monday evening on the Blue Ridge Parkway, officials reported. He was trying to return home from eating at Lakeside Restaurant in Fancy Gap.

Carroll County Search and Rescue and sheriff's office personnel began looking for Funderburke after he called and reported himself lost, Manning said. Deputies started looking for him Monday.

Dispatchers tried to call his phone, but couldn't reach him.

When he called 911, Funderburke got through to the Patrick County Sheriff's Office, and they reported it to Carroll officials.

The information the sheriff's department received was that the man's silver Pontiac SUV was stopped in a field somewhere.

Deputies sought help from the search and rescue unit early Tuesday.

Funderburke is diabetic, and didn't have any insulin while he was lost. 

The search had moved into Patrick County Tuesday after an attempt to track the man's cell phone, but nothing was found there, he said.

Laurel Fork Rescue Squad was dispatched to check out Funderburke's condition.