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BOONE — A man reported missing from the Green Briar Road area the evening of Friday, March 8, was found dead in the area of Bradford Park Saturday morning, the Watauga County Sheriff's Office said.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Examiner Patrick Lantz said his office conducted an examination on March 11 on John Taylor Adams, 70, of Boone. Preliminary results determined the cause of death to be hypothermia. Lantz said Adams was known to have medical issues with hypertension and dementia. These issues could have contributed to the situation, although he could not say for sure.

WSCO was notified of a missing person, from a home on Green Briar Road at approximately 7 p.m. March 8, and a silver alert was issued for Adams the same day. Upon further investigation it was determined that Adams was last seen around 3:30 a.m. March 8.

The sheriff’s office, Watauga County Emergency Management and Boone Fire Department conducted a search throughout the night of the immediate area around Green Briar, extending to Bamboo Road and U.S. 421. ASU Police and ASU Emergency Management assisted in the search by utilizing their drone with enhanced optical capabilities.

The WCSO received a call for a man down at Bluebird Lane in Boone at approximately 7 a.m. Saturday, March 9. According to a WCSO shift report, emergency management personnel were formulating a search plan for the day when Adams was found unresponsive on the porch of a Bradford Trailer Park residence. He was then pronounced deceased.

According to a WCSO shift report, deputies were told that Adams was released from the telemetry unit at Watauga Medical Center earlier in the day on March 8.

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