Authorities find body of Lancaster man, 74, missing from adult care center

Jerry Roscoe Cauthen
Jerry Roscoe Cauthen

- The body of a Lancaster man missing from an adult care center since last week has been found, authorities said Wednesday.

Police found the body of Jerry Roscoe Cauthen, 74, in a heavily wooded area off of Flint Ridge Road, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Cauthen was believed to have left the Heath Springs Residential Care Center on foot on Friday, authorities said. Deputies stated that he had some dementia and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

A search involving deputies and a helicopter had been underway since then.

Cauthen’s family has been notified and the sheriff’s office is investigating the death, according to the statement.

Further details about the cause of his death were not available.

“We are thankful for the army of volunteers who assisted in the search for Mr. Cauthen. People selflessly donated their services, horses, ATV’s and refreshments,” Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said in the statement. “Most importantly, they gave their time. This tragedy breaks our hearts; particularly during the holidays. We will keep this family in our thoughts and prayers and ask our community to do the same.”

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