By Tony Gonzalez|
The News Virginian
With his gnarled walking stick still in hand, Johnny Turner returned to his Waynesboro home and the embraces of his wife Thursday after a nine-hour absence drew dozens of searchers to the city.
With one hiking boot untied, Turner, 72, beamed from beneath a gray flat cap while jacketed detectives and deputies shared congratulations in the front yard.
Augusta County Deputy D.L. Moran found Turner walking in a field near Lowe’s off Lew DeWitt Boulevard at 4:16 p.m.
Turner’s family learned almost instantly, and as concerned neighbors stopped their cars outside Turner’s home on Vedette Avenue, grandson Joe Turner, 26, relayed the news from the porch.
“We found him, just a minute ago, literally,” he called to a woman in an SUV.
Before she left, another passer-by called out too.
“We just found him,” the grandson called.
“You found him!,” the second woman yelled. “Where was he … oh you don’t know? He’s home, that’s all that matters!”
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