A Knox County man who had been missing since Feb. 15 has been found, according to a release from Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan.
At approximately 2 p.m. Friday, KSP received a call that Douglas Middleton, 23, of Artemus, had been found alive in the woods located off of Noeville Hollow. Noeville Hollow is located off of U.S. Hwy. 25E in Barbourville, which is on the other side of the mountain from where Middleton went missing.
It appears that a home owner that lives in Noeville Hollow was searching the woods and located Middleton, according to the release.
Middleton “had to be packed out of the woods by a Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy and the Knox County Sort Team,” the release states. Middleton was alert and responsive while being packed out of the woods. He was transported to the Knox County ARH and then flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.
On Feb. 15, Post 10 received a call that there was a 23-year-old male missing from the Artemus community of rural Knox County. Troopers responded to the residence and began an investigation.
The preliminary investigation indicated that Middleton left his residence on Walton Road at approximately 10 a.m. According to the release, he went into the woods behind his residence.
His guardian told officers that Middleton has a disability and had never left his residence alone. The guardian added that Middleton had not been taking his medication.
Several emergency responders searched the area for Middleton and the search continued until Friday.
In addition to the KSP, the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Knox County Sort Team, Knox County EMS and Barbourville Fire Department assisted.
At this time the case is still under investigation by KSP Tpr. Russell Maynard.
No other information is available to be released at this time.