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Man found safe after he goes missing Friday night in Stockman Community

A Shelby County man was found unharmed after he was reported missing after dark Friday evening.


Sheriff Willis Blackwell said in a press release that 70-year old Steve Franks of the Stockman Community had wondered off from a residence, reportedly upset with a shotgun around 5 p.m.


A number of agencies responded to the location on FM 415 to assist in the search. DPS called for a helicopter and the Department of Correction dogs were even called in.


Sheriff Blackwell said around 1:45 a.m. Saturday morning, Franks came out of the woods, disoriented, but OK. He was returned to the residence.


Sheriff Blackwell offered thanks to all officers for their assistance, saying "It really pays off when everyone works together."


Among the agencies assisting were Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Shelby County District Attorney Investigator, Pct. 5 Constable Stephen Burgay, Pct. 2 Constable Jamie Hagler, TPWD Game Wardens Nathan Skeen and Anthony King, DPS Tooper Jimmy Faulkner and Sheriff Willis Blackwell.

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