Police: Elderly man last seen at Lancaster Co. residential center found dead near creek

- An elderly man who was reported missing over the holiday weekend was found Wednesday morning deceased near a creek, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Jerry Roscoe Cauthen's body was found in a heavily wooded area off of Flint Ridge Road. Deputies said Mr' Cauthen's family has been notified. 

The Lancaster County Corner's Office is investigating the manner of death. 

Cauthen was last seen mid- afternoon Friday, December 23, at the Heath Springs Residential Care Center located at 614 Hart Street in Heath Springs. 

Deputies said Cauthen was believed to have left the center on foot.

“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. 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," said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile in a written statement, released on Wednesday. 
 

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