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Missing Colchester man found in ditch

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A missing Colchester senior citizen who had been missing for days was found alive in the woods Friday.

Sixty-six year old James Marrs was found in a deep ravine behind the Claussen's Florist and Greenhouse off Main Street in Colchester.

Marrs suffers from early dementia.  Four days after he was last seen, Claussen's employees heard noises behind their greenhouses, when they went to check them out they discovered Marrs on the ground in the heavily wooded area.

"He was like conscious I mean I'm not an expert but he had a hard time talking, we tried to give him some water but he couldn't grab it or anything we just kind of wet his lips a little bit," says Claussen's employee Mike Kramer.

Kramer was one of the first to see the missing man, "No he wasn't talking very much I was kind of mumbling a little bit he was kind of responding to us just talking to him like he could hear what we were saying," he says.

Police and canine teams spent much of the week looking for Marrs and had just expanded their search when they got word he turned up less than a mile from his home. "The only thing he could tell us is that he had been there a long time which is consistent with the condition we found him in," says Detective Charles Cole, of the Colchester Police Department.

Cole say Marrs was only partially dressed when he was found, "That is certainly grounds for hypothermia and any patient experiencing hypothermia sometimes can do that if their clothes are wet they'll want to get out of clothing," says the detective.

Witnesses say the Colchester man appeared to be in relatively good health before he was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

Police say Marrs wandered off before.

His case has been referred to the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging and social workers at Fletcher Allen. 

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