The missing blind man, 62, is found by the DRONE police after being lost in the forest at night freezing
- A Connecticut man who is blind spent 33 hours in freezing temperatures after becoming disoriented and lost in nearby forests
- Richard Doty, 62, was first reported missing on Saturday morning
- His brother contacted the Enfield police around 8:43 am after the family was unable to contact him
- Neighbors confirmed that Doty was no longer seen since 10:00 on Friday
- A drone pilot was hired and found in the local forests
- Doty was transferred to St Francis Hospital in Hartford for pneumonia
A missing blind man spent 33 hours in the forest at freezing temperatures before being found by a police drone on Saturday.
Enfield Police in Connecticut was contacted by the man’s family after he had not been seen for more than 24 hours.
CNN reports that the man is 62-year-old Richard Doty, for whom the Enfield police had issued a missing person on Saturday morning.
He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford for evaluation after surviving one night at temperatures of nine degrees.
CNN reports that the man found by the police drone was 62-year-old Richard Doty who was reported missing by the Enfield police on Saturday morning and has since been found
A statement for the department said it was “unusual” that the family was unable to contact Doty and they were worried when no one had seen him since 10:00 on Friday.
They were contacted on Saturday at 8.43 am by Doty’s brother and neighbors confirmed that they had not seen him since Friday morning.
Believing that it was likely that Doty left his house and became disoriented, a police drone was called in and the man was found after a 30-minute search.
“Enfield PD officers responded to record the first report, and research and knowledge of the victim’s past revealed that it was likely that he would walk away from the house and become disoriented,” the statement said.
Drone footage showed that a stretcher was brought in to carry the missing man for 33 hours
Doty was brought to St Francis Hospital after freezing overnight
Because of the low temperatures during the night, there were concerns about hypothermia and the Vernon CT police were called in by a drone pilot.
Doty was hidden from view along a dike that was only 100 meters in the forest.
He confirmed that he had become disorientated by his medical condition and had been there overnight.
Drone footage from the rescue shows shows emergency services taking a stretcher through the forest to the place where the drone had confirmed that it was hidden and was taken for treatment on a stretcher.