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Authorities find missing man

UPDATE: Larry "Tony" Thompson has been located unharmed. He is safe and back with family.

The Long County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a man who wandered away from his home and family.

Larry "Tony" Thompson was reported missing Thursday afternoon. The LCSO started the search near Lee Place Road, where Thompson was last seen.

The LCSO initially reached out to and received assistance from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and Walthourville Police.

Search efforts were ramped up Friday afternoon. Georgia DNR, area K-9 units, Emergency Management agencies, and a GSP helicopter were dispatched to assist. Patrols on ATVs were sent out to canvass a 16-mile target area.

According Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles, there was a report of someone who matched Thompson’s description walking along Elim Church Road toward Highway 196 around 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

Thompson has diminished mental capacity due to a hit-and-run incident a few years back. He also walks with a severe limp. Thompson is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and was last seen wearing a black button up short sleeve shirt, with white palm tree accents. He may have on blue jeans.

Nobles said Thompson relies on daily medication, medication which he has been without since he went missing.

Anyone with information on Thompson’s whereabouts are asked to call 9-1-1 or 912-545-2118.

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