Man missing from Lindale area found alive

Smith County Sheriff's Office
Smith County Sheriff's Office(Smith County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 11:47 AM CDT
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SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A man reported missing in the Lindale area has been found.

Jose Ybarra, 63, has been located alive at a residence on Hwy 110, extremely hot and thirsty. He is receiving medical attention and will recover.

According to a press release, on Aug. 14 at approximately 8 p.m., Ybarra was reported missing from 17802 FM 1253 near Lindale. Upon arrival, Ybarra’s son told Deputies that they were attending a church retreat at this location when his father wandered off. The son advised that prior to notifying law enforcement, he and several of the retreat attendees had searched a large area including buildings, woods, and Ybarra’s room. Deputies, staff members and concerned citizens began a search of the approximate 400 acre area, of which only 100 acres are developed.

A Smith County Sheriff’s Office drone operator arrived on location and searched the area with a drone equipped with infrared capabilities. The drone search continued for almost two hours with no sign of Ybarra in or around the property area. A Smith County K-9 Handler also arrived at the location with negative results. The search continued on FM 16, FM 1253 and Hwy 110 near the retreat center.

Monday morning, Smith County Deputies, investigators, Lindale Fire, EMS, and concerned citizens continued their search for Ybarra. A command post was set up at the retreat center by the Smith County Emergency Operations Center.

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