An 86-year-old Orinda man went out Wednesday afternoon to run some errands and told his wife he’d return home by 4:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., his wife called police after he had still not returned.
Police immediately began searching for the man or his car both on the ground and from the air. Because of the man’s age and health, police knew the man had to be found as quickly as possible to avoid major injuries or death.
At 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, the family of the man spotted his car in a ravine 50 feet off of Happy Valley Road in Lafayette.
Rescue teams were called in and the man was taken John Muir Medical Center. He was suffering from dehydration but was breathing.