A search for a Harlem man reported missing on May 8 was called off last week after rescue workers were unable to locate the 65-year-old in a North Carolina national forest, according to a newspaper report.
Dennis Joe Boyd was reported missing to Columbia County authorities by his brother, who had traveled from out of town to Boyd’s Swint Road home, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
Boyd had not been seen since May 5.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Boyd’s 2008 Chevrolet Impala was found abandoned on May 15 in an isolated area of Transylvania County near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Pisgah National Forest.
Rescue searchers combed the wilderness, but were unable to find Boyd.
According to the newspaper article, officials called off the search after Boyd’s family told them that he has disappeared for brief periods in the past. He is considered missing, but not in danger, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Alice Cohen told the paper.
Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Wednesday that their missing person investigation of Boyd was closed about two weeks ago when authorities in Polk County, N.C., safely located Boyd.
Morris said the deputy who spoke with Boyd described him as coherent, answering all of the deputy’s questions.
“(Boyd) said he was going to leave for a while and told the deputy he was headed to Nashville,” Morris said. “And that was it.”
Days later, Boyd’s car was found parked near a bluff in Transylvania County.
A message left for a Transylvania County sheriff’s detective was not immediately returned.
Morris said Boyd had left his medication at home, but was unsure of what he was prescribed. He is described as white, 5-foot-8 and weighing 130 pounds.