Silver Alert cancelled located safe; William Earl "Willie" Powell 72 - Garland, NORTH CAROLINA

SAMPSON COUNTY, NC - Missing Garland man William Earl Powell has been found, according to a press release from the Sampson County Sheriff's Office.

The release states Powell was discovered on the bank of the South River about a mile west of US 701 just south of Garland, NC. Powell was found alert, but dehydrated. He was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Emergency crews from Bladen, Brunswick and Pender counties assisted Sampson County officials in the search for Powell.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety issued a Silver Alert for Powell last week.

According to the Sampson County Sheriff's Office, crews began the search around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday after a missing person report was filed. The search area initially spanned from the Town of Garland and wooded areas south of Garland.


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