UPDATE: Missing man from Walla Walla found alive
John Christiansen, a 76 year old suffering from Alzheimer’s, was found alive this evening in an overgrown area beyond the end of East Alder Street, in the new Providence subdivision. Walla Walla County Search & Rescue volunteers and law enforcement personnel from the Sheriff’s Department and Walla Walla Police Department participated in the search.
About a dozen volunteers from the search and rescue team, using 4-wheelers and searchers on foot, combed through the area for several hours. Mr. Christiansen was found by them at 8:30 this evening, very weak and dehydrated. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.
Christiansen had walked away from his home at about 9:00 a.m. yesterday. With no sightings by the public, searchers felt he was likely in an area away from town. During a previous search for him a year ago, he was located by a Walla Walla police officer near the same area he was found this evening.
It is highly unlikely Mr. Christiansen would have survived a second night outdoors.