(Spicer, MN) — A Spicer man that had been reported missing on Tuesday was finally found late Wednesday afternoon.
83-year-old Donald Wieberdink, who suffers from dementia, went missing during a bike ride around Green Lake on Tuesday.
A ground and air search involving multiple agencies and volunteers resulted in the location of Wieberdink around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Rescuers found him in a bean field just east of Spicer. Wieberdink was barefoot and sunburnt, but otherwise in good spirits. He was transported to Carris-Rice Hospital in Willmar for treatment.
In a news release, the Sheriff’s Office thanked the many people for all of the countless hours helping to search for Mr. Wieberdink. “
Kandiyohi County Sheriff Eric Holien said, “We are grateful that it was a happy outcome for him and his family. We also want to say Thank You for the outpouring of support from the public for their willingness to aid in various ways-offering to assist in search & rescue, use of drones, use of ATVs, donations of food& water and other outpourings of support. We truly live in a great community which steps up and helps each other in times of need.”
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Willmar Police Department, Belgrade Police Department, Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota BCA, Minnesota State Patrol, Paynesville Police Department, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Kandiyohi County Rescue, Atwater Fire Department, Blomkest Fire Department, Cosmos Fire Department, Eden Valley Police Department, Grove City Fire Department, Lake Lillian Fire Department, New London Ambulance, New London Fire Department, Paynesville Fire Department, Pennock Fire Department, Prinsburg Fire Department, Spicer Fire Department, Spicer First Responders, Sunburg Fire Department, Willmar C.E.R.T., Civil Air Patrol, Christian Aid Ministries Search & Rescue Unit #14 and numerous other agencies and volunteers.