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Douglas County man safe after night in the woods

An 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient was found in Douglas County Saturday morning after a night in the woods having suffered only a few bug bites.

Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Michelle Fritz said the man showed up outside a residence on Sans Road near South Range about 7 a.m. after close to 100 people had spent the night searching for him. The man's identity was withheld until relatives could be notified, but Fritz said he was returned to Middle River Health and Rehabilitation Center, 8274 E. Sans Road, South Range, after an ambulance crew checked him out.

The residence where he was found was no more than a mile from the facility, Fritz said.

The Sheriff's Department was called about 8:30 p.m. Friday after the patient walked out of the health center and apparently wandered into nearby woods, Fritz said. Although opening the door triggered an alarm, the facility's employees were unable to locate the man.

In addition to the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad and Mounted Sheriff's Posse; volunteer firefighters from Hawthorne, Bennett, Oakland and Amnicon; personnel from Sawyer County and search dogs from Superior participated in the search, Fritz said.

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad served as incident commander, Fritz said.

"I have nothing but great things to say about the St. Louis County Rescue Squad," she said. "They really did an outstanding job."