Missing Benton County man found safe

January 11, 2008

An 88-year-old Benton County man was found safe Friday afternoon after apparently spending a night in the woods, authorities said.

Earl McGraw was reported missing Thursday about 6 p.m. from his home in rural Benton County, a Benton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

Sheriff’s Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol personnel joined emergency workers in an all-night search for the man, who was found near his residence about noon Friday.

McGraw appeared to be in good condition and refused medical treatment, the spokeswoman said.