Guelph man charged after car stolen then returned in Innisfil

Police and emergency crews search areas in Alcona, Ont. for a missing man on Thursday, November 8, 2018 (South Simcoe Police/Twitter)

After an intense search for a missing Alcona man involving several police detachments, Craig Swayze was located safe.

Officers were concerned for his well-being and joining the search were Barrie police, and Georgian Bay Search and Rescue. The canine unit and officers on new ATVs were covering fields and wooded areas. York regional police also searched Lake Simcoe along the shoreline, while OPP joined with a helicopter.

Crews searched from the air and on the ground, deploying K9 units and ATVs to bring the missing 65-year-old man home.

Around 1 p.m. on Nov. 8, construction workers at a site on 6th Line, west of Angus St. in Innisfil, found the missing senior laying in thick mud after he had become stuck Wednesday night. 

Vulnerable man Craig Swayze found in Innisfil

Craig Swayze went for a walk around 4 p.m. on Wednesday in the Webster Blvd and 7th Line area in Alcona, but he didnt return home.

The vulnerable Alcona man was reported missing after being seen at his home near the 7th Line and Webster Boulevard around 4 p.m. Nov. 7.

Nearly 21 hours after he went missing two construction workers found Swayze, alive, on the site off the 6th Line.

It does appear that he was stuck.  We had a difficult time getting out of the mud, said Staff Sgt. Sheryl Sutton.  The mud was almost up to our knees, so we had paramedics, the fire department, and some of the construction workers help us get him out of there.

Emergency crews carried Swayze to a waiting ambulance. He was transported to hospital for observation in apparent good condition.

Police say it appears Swayze may have become disoriented during his walk before becoming stuck and spending the night in the open field.

At around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, officers with the South Simcoe Police Service were called to a home in Innisfil for a stolen vehicle report. However, while en route to the call, police were notified that the vehicle had been brought back.

He just said he was cold, and that he was happy to see all of these people around him, said Sutton.

I was praying last night as we were driving the streets, praying for the rescue teams that God would bring him home safe, said Reverend Howard Courtney.  A miracle is nice to see.

Swayze was taken to hospital for observation but is expected to make a full recovery and return home.

A 55-year-old Guelph man has been charged with impaired driving, driving while disqualified and assault.

Police and emergency crews search areas in Alcona, Ont. for a missing man on Thursday, November 8, 2018 (South Simcoe Police/Twitter)

Craig Swayze, 65, of Innisfil, Ont. was reported as missing on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (South Simcoe Police)

A Serious two vehicle collision claimed a life, and sent others to hospital on County Road 92 in Elmvale.

NEWS RELEASE SOUTH SIMCOE POLICE ************************* INNISFIL – South Simcoe Police Service officers are intensifying their search for a missing Innisfil man. Search efforts now include support from Barrie Police, York Regional Police, Georgian Bay Search and Rescue, our officers on ATVs, the Canine Unit and police on foot canvassing the area. Sixty-five-year-old Craig Swayze was last seen leaving his home in the 7th Line and Webster Boulevard area of Alcona around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Police are concerned for his well-being. Here is an updated description of Mr. Swayze:

We are asking area residents to check their yards, property and outbuildings for any sign of Craig Swayze. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call us at 705-436-2141 or 905-775-3311.