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Missing Kansas man found in Cheyenne County

7:57 PM, Feb 11, 2014   |    comments
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CHEYENNE COUNTY - Clark Nelson, 66, was located safely on Tuesday afternoon after his wife reported him missing from Kansas over the weekend. 

A Civil Air Patrol crew located Nelson with his vehicle in a field in Cheyenne County about 12:15 p.m. Cheyenne County is located in Eastern Colorado on the Kansas-Colorado border.

Nelson was taken to a local area hospital in good condition, although dehydrated and hungry.

A Civil Air Patrol spokesperson said he would likely be released from the hospital Tuesday night. 

The search for Nelson began in Kansas when his wife reported him missing Sunday night. 

He had called 911 that night to report he was lost off a dirt road in a field somewhere in Cheyenne County.

The Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office asked for help from the Civil Air Patrol Monday morning. 


The CAP used what they call 'cell phone forensics' to help narrow down Nelson's possible location. He was located in the area their crews had determined was most likely based on their forensics. 

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with nearly 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft.

CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. 

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