The man was located at about 8:10 pm this evening!
Macon County Sheriff Office, Franklin Fire Department and Cowee Fire Departments, along with MAMA-2 using an Infrared camera system, have been searching for a missing older man in the Jacobs Branch area this evening.
Franklin Fire Department was called out at 4:44 pm and the Command Post at 1120 Jacobs Branch Road requested Cowee Fire Department join the search at 6:04 pm this evening as initial searches around the residence did not find the missing man. MAMA-2 lifted off at about 6:20 pm to join the search.
Franklin VFD, MCSO and MAMA-2 are involved in a search for a missing 79 y/o white male, 6' 1" 180 lbs in the Jacobs Branch area #WNCscan— WNC Scanner (@WNCSCAN) December 30, 2016
Macon County Emergency Management has sent out a Code Red message to all residents in the area.
This is a codered message from the Macon County 911 Center. We are looking for an elderly white male that wandered away from his residence near Jacobs Branch Road. He is 6'1" tall, 180 lbs, has gray eyes, white hair, last seen wearing brown work boots, gray hat, black jacket, and blue jeans. Last seen around 2 pm today. Any contact with this male, call 911.
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UPDATES IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
**9:06 pm** Medic 3 reports the patient has refused transport and they are clear of the scene.
**8:31 pm** An update from Macon County Emergency Management:
This is a codered message from the Macon County 911 Center. In reference to the missing elderly gentleman from earlier, he has been located. We would like to thank the community for all of their help and cooperation in this matter. Thank you.
**8:12 pm** Confirmation that Mr Gillette has been located!
(name will be posted after it appears in other news outlets)
**8:10 pm** The Command Post has reported the man has possibly been found. EMS (Medic 3) has been dispatched to the location. The condition of the man was not clear.
**7:42 pm** MAMA-2 has returned to Angel Medical Center. They will be changing pilot and crew for the nightshift. The Jacobs Branch Command Post has requested they take off again to assist with the search. They have a Highway Patrol helicopter enroute from Salisbury with a two hour estimated time of arrival.