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Missing Elderly Man Found Lying in Swamp, Unable to Walk

Posted at 2:57 AM, Oct 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-10 05:49:15-04

DUCHAMPFREEMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — An elderly man who was reported missing Wednesday night was foundnorthwest of Clare, lying in water, unable to walk — but conscious.

Duane Duchamp, 81, suffers from dementia.  He had last been seen at around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Lake of the Pines subdivision in Clare County’s Freeman Township.  Police say he had walked away from his home.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Michigan State Police troopers found Duchamp in a swampy wooded area roughly a half-mile from his residence.  They called for additional help due to his inability to walk at the time.  Duchamp was then taken to the hospital for treatment for exposure.