Missing West Virginia man found safe in South Carolina

VIDEO: Lowcountry family searching for loved one across five states

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 73-year-old West Virginia man has been found safe in South Carolina.

According to family members, Henry Bracewell was found in Conway, and he will soon be reunited with his family.

Authorities were searching from West Virginia through the Lowcountry into Florida for Bracewell.

Bracewell left his home in West Virginia Friday around 1 p.m. to see his dying cousin in Bunnell, Florida. He was supposed to arrive Saturday, but he never arrived.

Family members said a woman saw Bracewell on the news and called police.

Earlier on Tuesday, Live 5 News spoke to Bracewell's family as authorities searched for the missing man.

Gail Bracewell left the door to her Goose Creek home open as she prayed for her brother-in-law to return. There was no word, at the time, from Henry Bracewell, who goes by his middle name, Roscoe, since he left his home.

"I've been manning phones and trying to get messages back and to the different family members," she said earlier on Monday.

Roscoe's sisters said he may have gotten lost somewhere in South Carolina near I-20 and I-26.

"He would have gotten on I-26 to 95, but sometimes in his mind he gets very, very confused," Bracewell said.

That's because he has early stages of dementia, his family says.

"It's undiagnosed because when the doctor discussed it with him he got mad and wouldn't go back to the doctor," said Sandy Denton, Roscoe's youngest sister. "But the family is very aware that he does have some issues."

Because he has not been officially diagnosed, the Sheriff's Office in West Virginia isn't able to issue a silver alert.

"They are trying to get something for us, but at this point it's not nationwide," Denton said. So now the family is doing what they can to try and find their loved one.

"We've driven all the interstates in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, on the routes we know he would have taken, and we can't find his car anywhere," Denton said.

"We have lots of friends that are semi-truck drivers, and the message has gone out through a lot of them to have their eyes out on the different highways," Bracewell added.

His family says he was wearing a green flannel shirt with blue jeans and a tan bottle cap. He's believed to be driving a Toyota Echo, license plate 5MY641.

"He's out there somewhere, and somebody has seen him," Denton said. "We just want him home."

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