Missing Anderson County Man Found

Anderson County (WVLT) - An Anderson County man is recovering in the hospital after search and rescue teams found him in a field this morning.

Authorities spent the night searching for 57 year-old Jim Virnelson after he didn't return from a walk Monday night.

Virnelson's wife says around 11:00 p.m., her husband took their two dogs for a walk.

When he hadn't returned around 1:00 a.m., she called police.

Teams searched through the night, but heavy fog made it difficult.

Around 9:00 a.m., they found Virnelson in a field adjacent to his home.

His wife says he has a history of dementia.

"His wife did notify us that he did have a history of traumatic brain injury which played a part into that," said Jon Knowles with the Anderson County Rescue Squad.

Virnelson was taken to Parkwest Medical Center with a few cuts and bruises.


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