2 missing men found safe in Portsmouth

By Ryan Ottney

July 29, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

Two men missing from different parts of the region were both found safe in Portsmouth on Sunday. The Lincoln County, Ky., Sheriff’s Office reported John Sims was found Sunday in Portsmouth, and the Marietta Police Department reported that Ron Osborne also was located Sunday by family in Portsmouth.

Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger said 70-year-old John Sims — a former Lincoln County Sheriff and judge — has Alzheimer’s and drove away from his home in Crab Orchard at about 3 a.m. Sunday. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a Golden Alert, which was picked up by the Portsmouth Police Department who located Sims on the Kroger parking lot Sunday evening. Folger said Sims was safe Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the Marietta Police Department on Saturday also reported that 50-year-old Ronald Osborne was missing. Police said Osborne is developmentally-challenged, and was last seen leaving his girlfriend’s house on July 26. Police said they believed he might have been going to visit family in Portsmouth or Ashland, Ky., and Osborne was found Sunday by family in Portsmouth. Police said he was safe Monday, but they did not know how he made it all the way to Portsmouth.

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