Missing man found in Ohio

July 24, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Hedgesville man reported missing Tuesday from Martinsburg, W.Va., was found in Ohio later that night, according to his wife.

Charles Ephraim Fitzwater, 74, was at Wooster Community Hospital in Wayne County, Ohio, where doctors implanted a temporary pacemaker in the retired autoworker, Dorothy Fitzwater said.

A hospital spokeswoman said he was listed in stable and good condition in the critical care unit.

Dorothy Fitzwater, a niece and a nephew left Wednesday afternoon to bring him home.

"He was parked in somebody's driveway and they called police and when they checked the license plate they found he was missing," Dorothy Fitzwater said.


She said her husband was found around 10:30 p.m.

"He was very disoriented. He didn't know where he was. He didn't know how he got there," she said.

Charles Fitzwater has severe diabetes and had not had an insulin injection since Monday morning.

He retired from General Motors and had lived and worked in Flint, Mich., for 38 years before moving to Hedgesville about four years ago.

Dorothy Fitzwater said they used to drive through Ohio often and "maybe he thought he was going home."

A doctor told her that he will require a permanent pacemaker.

Fitzwater was last been seen at a car dealership in Martinsburg on Monday before he was reported missing.

"I think it will be all right. I really do," Dorothy Fitzwater said before leaving for Ohio.

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