Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. UPDATE: BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – A missing man from Beavercreek was found alive Saturday afternoon.

Jerry Hetzel has dementia and was missing since Thursday. According to the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit, Hetzel was found and the Missing Adult Alert was cancelled.

In a tweet, the Beavercreek Police Department said Hetzel was found alive in the woods behind his home. He is being taken to the hospital.


BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Beavercreek Police are looking for 77-year-old Jerry Hetzel who they say suffers from dementia.

According to a post on Beavercreek Police Department’s Facebook page, Hetzel left his home Thursday afternoon and has been missing since. He was last seen wearing black pants and a long-sleeve white pinstripe button shirt. BPD asks if you see Hetzel, call police immediately at (937) 426-1225.

The city of Beavercreek held a community organized search in the Spicer Heights area Friday afternoon to find Hetzel, a release said. The search has ended for tonight, but Hetzel is still missing. it is unknown when the search will resume, however, the community is encouraged to stay vigilant and on the lookout.

Police also said if you live in the area of Rushton Dr. please check any sheds, boats, campers, or anything else on your property and surrounding open fields/woods. If it’s a place someone can take shelter, it should be checked. Residents were also asked to check home or business surveillance cameras.