Sgt. Tim Thomas, an investigator with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, said dispatchers received a call at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, reporting a white male lying in a gravel parking area at 895 Sanders Road in Boldo.
The man was identified as Joseph Kacharos. Thomas said family members reported Kacharos had recently experienced episodes of dementia.
“They said he had been delusional and disoriented,” Thomas said. “Earlier Friday, he had an episode at Winn-Dixie where he called police thinking his car had been stolen. When police and family members arrived, his car was in the parking lot.”
Thomas said it appeared Kacharos had been wandering outside and passed out due to hypothermia.
“He lived only 150 yards from where he was found,” Thomas said. “It appeared he had fallen into a creek and then struggled with the cold. For it to be that cold and him to be wet, that is a very quick and deadly combination.”
Kacharos was pronounced dead at Walker Baptist Medical Center. His body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.
“We don’t believe there was any foul play, but in a death like this, we want to look into everything,” Sheriff John Mark Tirey said. “That’s the reason for the autopsy.”