Shortly after midnight on Wednesday May 4th, 2016, Thorsby/Breton RCMP received a report of an 83 year old male missing in Rural Leduc County. The male had hiked into a steep valley to a nearby beaver pond shortly before dark but never returned.
Breton/Thorsby RCMP officers located his truck parked unoccupied and initiated a ground search over rough terrain, crossing beaver ponds, dams and searching creek banks covering multiple acres.
RCMP Air services was dispatched and enroute, however, officers located the male on the South side of the creek a significant distance away from where he had initially entered the rugged area. He advised RCMP that he got turned around after dark and could not find his way.
The man was treated for exposure by EMS and released.
RCMP wish to remind everybody to let somebody know what area you may be exploring and an ETA for your return.
Also always wear adequate layered clothing and bring a flashlight and cell phone when hiking or exploring any area. The days may be warm, however, nights remain cool during this time of year.