Missing Durham County man found after extensive search, Sheriff's office confirms

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Saturday, October 22, 2022
Tommy Watkins, 72, was last seen at his home on Redwood Road in Durham County..

DURHAM, N,C, (WTVD) -- Multiple law enforcement agencies have canceled the Silver Alert for a missing Durham County man.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office confirms 72-year-old Tommy Watkins was found early Saturday morning, by one of the search crews. Watkins has been taken to an area hospital to be assessed but does not appear to have suffered any serious injury, the sheriff's office said in a news release.

Agencies searched continuous for Watkins due to concerns for his cognitive impairment and medical issues for which he needs medication, officials said.

"Without the tireless efforts of Sheriff's Office personnel and from multiple partner agencies who responded, this could have had a tragic outcome." said Sheriff Birkhead.

Tommy Watkins
Durham County Sheriff's Office