Missing Springfield man found alive after 3-day search

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CAVENDISH — Search crews say they located Donald Gurney in a wooded area near Knapp Pond in Cavendish yesterday at around 3:30 p.m.

He was dehydrated but otherwise appeared to be in fair condition.

Crews placed Gurney on a litter and carried him from the woods, where he was checked by medical personnel and then transported by ambulance to Springfield Hospital.

Gurney was located about 1.5 miles from Parker Hill Road in Cavendish, where crews had previously located his truck.

Investigators believe Gurney was out for a drive when he became disoriented, ultimately parking his vehicle on Parker Hill Road and setting off on foot before being reported missing early Tuesday morning, June 14.

About 50 members of law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies, and search organizations were involved in the effort on Thursday.

More than 60 people participated in Wednesday’s search.

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