Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said Larry Foy, 38, was located Monday around 4 p.m. off Old Pineywoods Road near Highway 69. Family members had last seen Foy Friday evening. Sgt. Darrell Mote, an investigator with the sheriff’s office, said Foy had been wandering through the woods for the last three days.
“We’re proud of the fact that he’s been found and is safely back at home with his family, but a lot of resources and manpower were expended in an effort to locate someone who wasn’t really missing at all,” Tirey said. “Through our investigation, we determined Mr. Foy simply walked away from his home following a domestic dispute with his wife, and he had just been wandering around the community and sleeping in the woods since Friday in an effort to keep from going home.”
Tirey said deputies with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters with several local fire departments and numerous volunteers had searched for Foy.
Mote said the sheriff’s office had received numerous tips from people who had reportedly seen Foy since he disappeared. He said they were also able to somewhat track Foy because of a cell phone he had in his possession.
“We saturated the area Monday afternoon,” Mote said. “We had a pretty good location of where he might be, and deputies found him talking with a neighbor who had seen him and stopped to pick him up and take him home.”
Mote said Foy was taken home by family members.
“I’m thankful we found him and he was fine,” Mote said. “It has been really cold over the last few days, so that had us all pretty concerned about his condition.”