MEIGS COUNTY — Through the work of numerous agencies and individuals, a missing individual was located on Wednesday evening.
In a news release on Thursday, Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood reported that his office received a report on Wednesday of a missing person from Riebel Road. Deputies were contacted by the parents of Jack Ginther Jr., 47, who advised that he had left his camper that morning to walk through the woods and had not returned from his walk.
Deputies discovered that Ginther Jr. had sent a text message to his parents around noon stating that he was about a mile down the road and attempting to make it back up to the road. When he failed to come out of the woods at that time, his parents contacted the Sheriff’s Office as he had some medical issues that concerned them.
Deputies Hupp and Campbell searched the area where Ginther Jr. was supposed to come out of the woods but failed to locate him. A ping trace of his cell phone was performed but units were unable to locate him.
Canine units from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and Gallipolis Police Department were brought in to assist as well as units from Racine, Syracuse, Chester, Bashan and Tuppers Plains Fire Department to search for Ginther. In addition, the Ohio State Patrol was contacted and the Ohio State Patrol Aviation Unit was preparing to send an aircraft to assist in the search. At 10:35 p.m. Ginther was located near Bashan Road. Ginther was checked by the Meigs EMS at that time.
Sheriff Wood states that he is glad to hear that Ginther was found safe and also that the local community jumped in to help as area residents came to assist and also brought food and water to rescue personnel during the search.