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UPDATE: Police Searching for 86-Year-Old Critical Missing Man


UPDATE:  (5-20-15)- On Wednesday, May 20th, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Barstow Deputy Tom Dickey and 23 year Search and Rescue Member, Steve Depue, located Mr. Rolland Towne approximately 3 miles south west of the campsite at the base of Fremont Peak.  Mr. Towne was taken to the command post where he is receiving medical treatment and will be flown to a local area hospital.  Mr Towne was suffering from dehydration and minor abrasions.

“My grandfather has been found alive! Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers!” said his grandaughter, Rachel Conway. No further information is available at this time regarding where he was found. Information will be updated when it becomes available.

BARSTOW:( The Barstow Sheriff’s Station is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Rolland Towne. Police say Towne is listed as a critical missing person since he is a diabetic that has Dementia and does not have medication with him.

Mr. Towne is described as a an 86-year-old white male, 5’11”, 150 lbs., with white hair, and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, light blue jeans, white socks, white LA Gear tennis shoes with blue soles, he may also be wearing a green/gray fleece sweater.

According to authorities, Mr. Towne was reported missing by his family on Monday, May 18th. He was on a camping trip with family and left the campsite at approximately 5:30 a.m. The campsite is located off of Hwy 395 – Cuddeback Road and Fremont Peak, in the county area of Barstow.

Deputies from the Barstow Station along with Search and Rescue personnel, the CHP airship and Sheriff’s Aviation 40k immediately responded to the area. K-9 Unit from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department has assisted in the search.

“Please please look for him! He is a fast walker he may not ask for help but he will most definitely need it, Stated his granddaughter Rachel Conway.

Anyone with information regarding this victim is urged to contact the Barstow Station at 760-956-5001.

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