PETERSBURG, Ill. (WCIA) — A 91-year old man is home safe after being missing overnight. Crews searched for Floyd Jurgens. He was found not far from home.
Hundreds of people spent hours desperately searching for Jurgens. He has diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Rescue teams knew he had to be somewhere in the area of the family farm.
“We searched just so much of this area. We didn’t think he could get any further away. We had to think somebody had given him a ride out of here. He just vanished.”
Teams spent almost a full day looking for Jurgens, combing through cornfields, looking for any sign of him. State police flew a plane overhead to aid in the search.
“I wouldn’t even begin to attempt to count the people that showed up with drones, foot traffic, UTVs, four-wheelers, just anything they can do to help. That’s the great thing about living in a small community. People will rise to the occasion.”
Finally, just before 8:30 Thursday morning, they spotted him.
“Mr. Jurgens was located, I don’t have an exact measurement, but I would say several hundred yards from his residence in a bean field, lying flat on the ground.”
Officials were worried about what kind of condition they would find Jurgens in when they made the final trip into the field, but it didn’t take long before their worries turned into relief.
“I didn’t know he was alive until I got there on the ATV. Then, the first words out of his mouth were, ‘What are you guys doing here?'”
Jurgens and his family have lived on the farmland two miles outside town for more than 40-years. His son and nephew both work the farm.
“It’s just such a relief. It’s hard to believe. All of our prayers were answered.”
Jurgens was immediately put into an ambulance and taken to the hospital to be checked out. Rescue official say he talked to them the entire trip.