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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former sheriff, Bobby Haynes who was missing since Aug. 15 was found alive on a farm just before 11:30 a.m. Monday.
"It's been horrible since Thursday afternoon we looked up and down the road for two days looked around the farm multiple, multiple times," explained Haynes grandson, Scott Haynes.
The 89-year-old took his red 1994 Chevy for a drive around his 300 acre family farm in rural Harned, KY. The farm is lined by a thick forest of trees beyond the cornfields. Haynes suffers from dementia.
"He just looked up and we said Dad we've been looking all over for you for four days. He said where I was at I was hard to find," said Haynes son, Danny Haynes.
Police helicopters, search dogs and dozens of volunteers combed the area searching from Louisville to Owensboro.
"It's such a wooded area it was just really camouflaged," said Breckinridge Co. Sheriff Todd Pate.
But it was two employees from the Grayson County detention center who finally spotted Haynes red truck.
"They got here and come straight to him," said Scott Haynes.
The truck was pinned between two trees, stuck in the mud.
"I saw him just prior to him being put in the ambulance…he was in pretty good shape in my opinion," said Pate.
Haynes' grandson credits his grandmother's no-bake chocolate cookies for saving his life. It was the only food he had to survive. He didn't have anything to drink.
"He definitely had intentions of going home. He just got off his regular path to go home," said Pate.
This family knows just how lucky they are and just how differently this story could have ended.
Haynes has been reunited with his wife, three sons, and daughter.
Haynes served as sheriff of Breckinridge County from 1978 to 1981.