Missing Grayson Man Located in Florida

Derek Buford, missing from Grayson since Aug. 22, was located by Florida Wildlife officers on Sept. 9. He remains in the intensive care unit in a Florida hospital.

Gwinnett County Police confirmed that , 42, of Grayson, has been found. He was located in Florida by Florida Wildlife officers and is now in the intensive care unit at a Florida hospital.

by GCPD after he was reported missing. His family was alerted when he didn't turn up for work on Aug. 23. There were concerns about medical issues that he had and Buford's two children and their mother, Grace Buford, spent days actively searching the route he might have taken to work. They were worried that he could have had an accident on the way to work and the car not be visible from the road. GCPD issued an alert when there appeared to be no sign of Buford or the car he was driving.

According to Grace Buford, Florida park rangers located Buford on Sept. 9, almost three weeks after he first disappeared. She declined to give specifics, except to say they got to him in the "nick of time" and he is now recovering in a Florida hospital and getting the medical attention that he needs.

Steve R. September 14, 2012 at 09:17 PM
He wasn't anywhere around Jacksonville was he? Are we certain that there was no more information before now? I said it before and I may be wrong but something doesn't smell right about this story.
Sharon Swanepoel September 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Steve, I believe they knew he hadn't run off the road anywhere, but they also knew that wherever he was, he was in dire need of medical attention. I think they were trying to track his movements, but he was found by chance and from what I can understand, very fortunate chance.


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