UPDATE 1/5/2015 - Calhoun County Sheriff Carl Ballengee issued a statement Wednesday related to a report by WOWK-TV news issued after an interview with the Henry "Roscoe" Bracewell family of Creston.|
The story reported Bracewell was a missing person and was found in South Carolina, further stating that the Calhoun sheriff declined to issue a Silver Alert for the man.
Sheriff Carl Ballengee said, "At no time did the Bracewell family contact the Calhoun Sheriff's Department regrading the missing man."
ORIGINAL STORY: Missing West Virginia man found in South Carolina
By Dan Thorn WOWK-13
A 73-year-old man from Calhoun County, WV has been found safe in Conway, South Carolina. Henry "Roscoe" Bracewell had been missing since Friday.
Family members said they were elated when they were reunited with Bracewell.
"I'm beyond happy that he was found safe and has returned to us," said Sandy Denton, Bracewell's youngest sister.
Bracewell was traveling to Florida to visit a dying cousin when he became lost. His family said he has undiagnosed dementia.
"The doctor wanted to test him for dementia, it made Roscoe angry and Roscoe never went back," said Denton.
When Conway Police found Bracewell Monday night they took away his license and keys because they didn't want him to drive anymore.
Bracewell's family said despite his poor mental health the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department did nothing to help.
"They wouldn't issue a silver alert because he wasn't officially diagnosed with dementia," said Denton.
"They gave us the run around."
Bracewell's cousin died before he could make it to Florida.
The funeral is set for Wednesday.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Department hasn't returned our calls for comment.