An 82-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease who went missing in the area of Upper Round Pond Road in Bristol on Tuesday, May 23 was found “upright and talking but cold and wet” by the Maine Warden Service early Wednesday.
Willem Jansen, 82, of Round Pond, had been reported missing by his wife, Alexandria, according to a press release from the Maine Warden Service. Jansen had last been seen around 12:30 p.m. walking on Route 32 to another property the couple owns in Bristol, a “normal activity for him,” Alexandria told the warden service.
There was a possible sighting of the man at 1 p.m. on Upper Round Pond Road, according to Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency Director Casey Stevens.
The Maine Warden Service was called in around 7:30 p.m. to search for Jansen. The Bremen Fire Department, Bristol Fire and Rescue, Lincoln County EMA, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lincoln County Search and Rescue Team also participated in the search, according to Bristol Fire Chief Paul Leeman Jr.
Game Warden Kris MacCabe and his K-9, Morgan, located Jansen in shallow water in the woods about a quarter-mile off the road after midnight, according to the press release. Ambulance personnel evaluated Jansen for hypothermia, but he was able to go home.
The early morning rescue saved Jansen’s life, according to the press release.