Indiana Conservation Officers, as well as every law enforcement and emergency response agency in Perry County have good reason to be thankful this holiday weekend.
Frank Knight (63) of Tell City, was located alive early this morning in the Hoosier National Forest after he went missing over 48 hours earlier.
Knight was last seen on Wednesday, November 23rd, after he told a friend that he intended to go deer hunting in the Hoosier National Forest the following day. Thanksgiving Day came and went, and Knight failed to return home, and his loved ones grew concerned, due to various medical conditions from which he suffered.
Indiana Conservation Officers, along with members of the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, Perry County EMS, Perry County EMA, Tell City Police Department, and Hoosier National Forest personnel searched tirelessly yesterday for signs of Knight or his vehicle with no luck. Thanks to social media posts from the Tell City Police Department and Perry County Sheriff’s Department, a tip came in of a possible location where Knight may have been hunting.
At approximately 11:00 p.m., Knight’s vehicle was located near Leopold, and the search intensified. Shortly after 2:00 a.m. this morning, Indiana Conservation Officer Lieutenant. Phil Schuetter was participating in a line search with other agencies when he heard what he initially thought was an “animal call” deep in the woods.
Lt. Schuetter called out to Knight, who was able to respond, despite violent shivering, given his hypothermic state. Rescuers rushed to Knight’s aid, and he was taken to Perry County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The search and rescue was a culmination of teamwork and a perfect example of law enforcement and emergency response agencies working together seamlessly with a unified goal. In regards to the outcome, Lt. Phil Schuetter stated “As a result of teamwork and determination, a man’s life was saved tonight. While hope was fading, everyone kept searching, and for that, we’re truly thankful, especially on this holiday weekend.”