Recovery of man a “best case scenario”

By Matt Lasley -

Photo courtesy of GCSO Wood

A 77-year old Grayson County man, for whom a Golden Alert was issued on Thursday morning, Sept. 1, has been located.

Aubrey Denver “Woody” Wood was found “relatively uninjured” aside from possibly a few scratches by emergency personnel shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday, according to Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins.

“We had a best case scenario, which is what you always hope for in law enforcement,” said Chaffins, adding that Wood “didn’t even have to go to the hospital.”

Wood was located 14 hours after he went missing, approximately three quarters of a mile off of Quiggins Lane in Leitchfield near the wood line, and his vehicle had driven through crops, Chaffins said.

At 10 a.m. Thursday morning, Michael J. Payne with Castle Helicopters arrived at the staging area located at the Hanging Rock Baptist Church, where he was informed of the area in which Wood may have been located, according to Chaffins.

Payne then set out with Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) Deputy Clay Boone, and, at 10:09 a.m., Payne and Boone located Wood standing outside his vehicle near a soybean field against a fence.

They were able to land the helicopter and transport Wood back to the church to receive medical attention from Grayson County Emergency Medical Services, which Wood refused, according to Chaffins.

Wood was then reunited with his family and given medication, which, Chaffins said, was “much needed.”

According to Chaffins, had Wood been discovered a few hours later, “We may have had a different outcome.”

Wood had last been seen at a funeral home on US Highway 62 in Leitchfield, just east of the bypass, at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, said Chaffins.

He then supposedly headed home to King Road, which is located off Lilac Road (KY 733), in a silver 1997 Cadillac DeVille, according to Chaffins.

His family made contact with him via cell phone, but were then unable to locate him, said Chaffins.

“Mr. Wood stated that he had [run] off the roadway into a corn field somewhere between Leitchfield and the Grayson/Breckinridge County line on Lilac Road,” Chaffins said in a news release.

Due to Wood’s health condition, he was unable to provide more accurate information regarding his whereabouts, according to Chaffins.

Law enforcement asked residents in the area to check their fields and property for any evidence of where a car may have gone off the roadway or for anyone walking.

Multiple agencies, including Grayson County and Kentucky Emergency Management Services, the Kentucky State Police, the Leitchfield Police Department, the Grayson County Detention Center, the Leitchfield Fire Department, the GCSO, and multiple community volunteers participated in the search.

Photo courtesy of GCSO Wood courtesy of GCSO Wood

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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