|Ricky Starnes, Jr.|
Starnes' loved ones organized a search of their own before they called police Monday afternoon. Once authorities were informed, Caldwell County Emergency Management, together with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Department, started an official search. The teams worked to find Starnes until inclement weather arrived early Tuesday morning, preventing further searching.
When the search resumed later Tuesday morning, authorities used dogs to help find the missing man. Authorities found Starnes alive within their search area. Though exact details have yet to be released, Starnes is undergoing a medical evaluation to ascertain his condition.