UPDATE: Missing berry picker located

Published on August 2, 2013
Chesley Sweetapple of St. John's has gone missing in the Harbour Round area. — RCMP photo

The RCMP has confirmed that Chesley Sweetapple, a 74-year-old man reportedly missing since Saturday after going berry picking in central Newfoundland, has been found.

Cpl. Michael Fewer of the RCMP's Grand Falls-Windsor detachment said air crew aboard a Fire and Emergency Services - NL helicopter spotted a person wearing an orange hood in a bog mid-morning Friday.

Fewer said Sweetapple appeared to be confused and had trouble communicating as he was airlifted to a heath-care facility in Pasadena. However, he said Sweetapple did understand that he was safe.

Sweetapple was first reported missing last weekend. The search for the 74-year-old resumed Friday after having been suspended on Monday.

After receiving treatment from paramedics in Pasadena, Sweetapple was transported to the Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook for further medical treatment.

Fewer said those involved in the search were overjoyed to learn Sweetapple had been found alive.


(Earlier story)

The RCMP has confirmed that Chesley Sweetapple, a 74-year-old man reported missing Monday after going berry picking in central Newfoundland has been found.

There are reports that he has been airlifted to hospital for treatment. An RCMP spokesman said members with the Grand Falls-Windsor detachment are enroute to their headquarters and will release more information shortly.


(Earlier story)

The RCMP sent out an alert early Monday evening about the search for a missing St. John's man in the Harbour Round area.

Seventy-four-year-old Chesley Sweetapple, who has reported medical conditions, was reported missing after he went berry picking near Red Indian Lake.

Sweetapple's vehicle was found 59 kilometres southwest of Millertown.

According to the RCMP release, the search for Sweetapple so far has involved RCMP's K-9 unit, about 30 members of Ground Search and Rescue, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, Civilian Air Search and Rescue Association and Newfoundland and Labrador Fire and Emergency Services.

So far search efforts have not been successful, but the RCMP continues to investigate and the search is still on.

Anyone with information on Sweetapple's whereabouts is asked to contact the Grand Falls-Windsor detachment of the RCMP at 709-489-2121.