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Missing man located, rescued in Dehesa

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DEHESA (CNS) - An El Cajon man who went missing overnight during an outing to a restaurant near his home, prompting several searches by air and ground, was found Wednesday, alive but unconscious, in brushy open terrain north of Singing Hills Memorial Park.

Edward Barber, 67, was located shortly after 1:30 p.m. off Camino Monte Sombra, an unpaved road in the Dehesa area, according to sheriff's officials. An emergency-services helicopter crew was sent to pick him up and transport him to the nearby cemetery, where an ambulance was waiting to take him to a hospital. Details on his condition were not immediately available.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, Barber made a 911 call and told a dispatcher he had "run off" an unfamiliar road and did not know where he was, sheriff's Sgt. Elizabeth Palmer said.

"Barber indicated that he went to a restaurant on North Second Street in El Cajon and was returning home to his residence on South Second Street when he got lost," Palmer said. "He stopped his car and got out. He claimed to have fallen down a hillside and was lying flat."

Using cell-phone tower information, El Cajon police identified a search area with a roughly 15-mile radius where Barber was believed to be. Authorities then started searching for him, aided by a sheriff's helicopter crew.

"A later update on the geographic location limited the search area for the cell-phone location to a smaller region, approximately a 1.6-mile radius from the cell tower," the sergeant said.

The searchers then began focusing on those coordinates in the Jamacha area, south of El Cajon, but still found no sign of Barber.

The effort was suspended at 2 this morning, then resumed about eight hours later, operating out of a command center at Jamacha Road and Willow Glen Drive, north of Jamul.

At 11:40 a.m., searchers located Barber's unoccupied black Nissan Versa about a half-mile north of the memorial park. About two hours later, he was found unconscious roughly a quarter-mile from his car.


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