Search and rescue teams look for missing Oakland County veteran in wooded area

WATERFORD, Mich. (WXYZ) - UPDATE: Body of missing metro Detroit Army veteran found


Search and rescue crews searched for hours for a missing veteran, husband and father in Waterford Township on Monday.

David Folsom, 54, has been missing since early July 12.  His wife, Belinda Folsom, said he walked away from their home sometime during the early morning hours.

Folsom is an active member of the Army National Guard. He is a Command Sergeant Major and he’s been deployed to Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. 

Folsom does suffer from PTSD and his family said he’s been dealing with a lot of symptoms since June.  He’s lost a lot of weight, he hasn’t been sleeping and he’s had panic attacks.

He had a similar incident where he left home and no one knew where he was for eight hours on June 2.  He came home and said he wasn’t even quite sure himself.

His wife, son and daughter are worried.

"We're staying strong, we're doing what we can to maintain that positive, right now we've got to go on that,” said Belinda Folsom.

On Monday, the Waterford Police Department enlisted the help of the volunteer group called Michigan Search and Rescue to search the large, heavily wooded area near the Folsom’s home.

"It's an area if you were to walk into, and not know real well you could get twisted around in the terrain,” said Lt. Scott Good with the Waterford Police Department.

The volunteers come from all over the state with high tech equipment and highly trained dogs.  

"They have the ability to bring a number of certified dogs that can both do a search for a person or search for a cadaver,” said Good.

The crews worked for more than seven hours, searching in teams and using grids but they didn’t find anything.

Police are considering this good news, because it means there’s still hope Folsom is okay.

"It's one more step to ensure we're not overlooking or missing something,” said Good.

His family said they just want him home.

"He's a great guy, I think he's just lost his way and needs to be able to get some help,” said Folsom.

If you see him or may have seen him, call the Waterford Police Department (248) 674-0351 or 911 right away. 

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