UPDATE: Missing man found, Silver Alert canceled

By: KAKE News - Email
By: KAKE News - Email

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Silver Alert has been canceled for a Douglas County man.

Around 12:20 p.m. Friday, 74-year-old Larry Baecht was located in a rural area southeast of Lawrence. He was spotted by workers near the South Lawrence Trafficway construction site, over two and a half miles from the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Emergency crews responded and found Baecht in fair condition. He was transported to an area hospital for a health assessment.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Baecht had left the Douglas County Fair around 7 p.m. Thursday, and drove his electric scooter until the battery died.


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The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing man.

Around 7 p.m. Thursday, sheriff's deputies were notified that 74-year-old Larry Baecht (pronounced 'Beck') had gone missing while visiting the Douglas County Fair with his son. He was last seen by the goat barn.

He's described as a white male, 5-feet 10-inches tall, 200 pounds with balding gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue overalls, a blue and white striped shirt, a Duck Dynasty ball cap, gold-colored watch and eyeglasses.

Baecht also rides in a "Rascal" type electric scooter. He is able to walk on his own without the scooter, but not for long distances. The scooter may be able to travel up to 10 miles before requiring a recharge.

The sheriff's office also said Baecht takes several medications and requires multiple medical treatments each week. They say he is friendly and talkative when approached.

Anyone with information about Larry Baecht's whereabouts is asked to call Lt. Steve Lewis with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (785) 424-4361.

NOTE: In the photo provided, Baecht has a beard, but he recently shaved it and cut his hair short.


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