ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) – Search crews found missing 77-year-old Tony Boseman in a ditch near his home in Anderson County on Tuesday, according to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
Boseman, who suffers from dementia, had been without water and medicine for three days and is being treated for severe dehydration, according to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
“We found him about a half a mile away from his house, but it was a very wooded concealed, rural, rough terrain, and essentially, he was in a wooded ditch. Obviously very dehydrated. A little bit out of it,” said Shale Remien, Public Information Officer for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies earlier said Tony Boseman was last seen in the Boseman Road area at around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
“He’s gone missing before. So basically the last time anyone saw him was on Boseman Road on Sunday afternoon around 3:30,” Remien said. “He was there one minute and essentially gone the next.”
The family told 7NEWS that Boseman is the uncle of the late actor Chadwick Boseman.
“Kinda a concerned and worried time. We just want to find him and want him to be safe when we do find him,” Boseman’s nephew Marshall Bolden said.
First responders, family and friends have had boots on the ground searching since Sunday.
“It makes it a little bit easier when you got support and you’re not out here by yourself looking for someone,” Bolden said.
“Thankfully, SLED and our deputies were both on foot together, and that’s when they came upon Mr. Boseman, but with that being said, for the last three days, we’ve had eyes up in the air with not one but two choppers today,” Remien said.
“When you have that many resources on the ground and up in the air, and you’re watching a family out of the corner of your eye praying, you are praying too for this kind of result, and we got it today,” Remien said on Tuesday. “We are beyond thankful he’s okay,” she said.
Boseman was seen wearing camo pants, a green shirt, black shoes and a LA baseball cap, according to deputies.
“The biggest thing is to cover as much ground around the residents as possible,” Anderson Rescue Captain Ryan Herring said.
They say the rain overnight may have covered some tracks, but Monday they brought out K-9s and drones to assist with the search.
“It does tamper the K-9’s efforts for a little but the canines are still able to get through it,” Herring said.
Boseman’s family said the only thing they can do right now is keep searching and keep praying.
“He is a gentle giant just to sum it up, a gentle giant,” said Bolden. “God can do anything and that’s what we’re expecting right now is for God to show up and help us find Tony.”
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 260-4440.