BCSO Aviation Unit Locates Missing Adult and His Dog Saturday Morning

By  //  October 29, 2016

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Brevard County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing endangered adult late Friday night where 74-year-old Kenneth Homer Gower, of Grant, hadn’t been seen at his residence since his neighbor last saw him at around 8:30 p.m. on October 27. (BCSO Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit, in conjunction with BCSO South Precinct Patrol Deputies and Ag-Marine Units, located a missing endangered adult in a remote wooded area at about 9:15 a.m. on Saturday morning.

According to Cpl. Dave Jacobs of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, late on Friday night the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing endangered adult, 74-year-old Kenneth Homer Gower of Grant.

“Mr. Gower was last seen at his residence on Berry Road in Grant by a neighbor at approximately 8:30 p.m. on October 27,” said Cpl. Jacobs.

“At approximately 9:15 this morning, the Sheriff’s Aviation Unit worked in conjunction with South Precinct Patrol Deputies, and Ag-Marine Units, where they located Mr. Gower approximately on-half mile away from his residence in a remote wooded area.”

Aviation Pilot Mike Ryle and Tactical Flight Operator Bernie Bernardo were scanning a densely wooded area when they located Mr. Gower and his dog, Andy. Gower was exhausted and lying in the wooded area with his body partially submerged in water.

“Deputies were directed to the location where they found Mr. Gower’s faithful dog Andy curled up next to his owner,” said Cpl. Jacobs It was determined that Mr. Gower had become disoriented on a walk and was lost out in the elements for approximately 36 hours.

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Mr. Gower seemed to be in good spirits, and is being medically cleared due to mild hypothermia symptoms prior to returning home.

“I am extremely grateful for the efforts of our team and the citizens that helped bring Mr. Gower and his dog Andy home safely,’ said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

“I couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved who worked throughout the night to locate Mr. Gower, and for everything they do each and every day to protect our citizens, even the little furry ones.”

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