UPDATE: Missing Newaygo Co. Man Found
A Newaygo County man missing for four days, found alive and rescued today.
Search crews exhausted almost every possibility of where Timoteo Santiago could have been. Santiago was found this afternoon, blocks away from where he was last seen in Ashland Township in Grant.
There was a lot of excitement in the area when crews found Santiago this afternoon. They finally found him under a tree after looking for him for days. “It is truly a team effort to be able to bring somebody home like that,” says Abby Watkins, Newaygo County Emergency manager.
Timoteo Santiago was reported missing on Monday but the last time someone saw or heard from him was on Saturday. “Since then we’ve checked the area both with K9 and helicopter search of the area,” says Detective Sergeant Scott Rios, Michigan State Police Hart Post.
Newaygo County Emergency Services stepped in to help today to further their search efforts. “Really what we were looking at is about a one square mile area and we were concentrating on the areas where the helicopter could not see down through the heavy canopy,” says Watkins.
Police say Santiago was last seen leaving his home in Grant which is surrounded by farmland and wetlands. “We were able to locate Timoteo Santiago today, laying in the woods about 100 yards North of 128th,” says Rios. Once crews found him, they struggled with a language barrier since Santiago only speaks Spanish, but a translator helped figure out what happened to him. “He went to the store and on his way back home, he got lost in the woods. He appeared to be cold and thirsty but fortunately he’s ok,” says Rios.
The crews say it was a long and difficult search but ended in the best way possible. “Through all of those different conditions, to us it means that somebody gets to go home to their family,” says Watkins.
Santiago was sent to a local hospital to be checked out, after being outside for the past four days.