Missing elderly man found dead along Route 33' in Belpre

BELPRE, Ohio (WTAP) - An 82-year-old man reported missing early Sunday morning was found dead in a ditch along Ohio State Route 339.

According to a news release from Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks, Kenneth B. Richards' wife called 911 at 5:18 a.m. to report him missing.

She told authorities her husband suffered from dementia and was not at their home in the 2000 block of Route 339.

Richards was found dead about 9:11 a.m. in a ditch along Route 339, about a half-mile from his residence, Mincks said, after a search involving local and state law-enforcement agencies, tracking dogs and community members.

No foul play is suspected, Mincks said.

Officers and reserve officers from the Washington County Sheriff's Office; troopers and aviation units from the Ohio State Highway Patrol; officers and K-9 units from the Marietta Police Department; members of the Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department; and neighbors helped in the search for Richards.