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Wren Middle School teen credited with finding elderly upstate man

Tallin Magruder found missing man who suffers from dementia
Tallin Magruder found missing man who suffers from dementia
Facebook: Tallin Magruder

The search for a missing Anderson County man has ended, and a teen is credited with finding the man, WSPA7 reported March 9.

Barry Thrasher, 72, went out for his normal afternoon walk around 3 p.m. this afternoon and didn't return after his usual 45 minute walk. His family reported him missing, and were concerned because Thrasher suffers from dementia.

A search party was formed, including Anderson County Technical Rescue units, K-9 deputies and the sheriff's helicopter.

After a three to four hour search, 7 On Your Side correspondent David Rogers was flagged down on Wrentree Drive by 13-year old Wren Middle School student Tallin Magruder. The young man had set out on his own search for Thrasher, and spotted him from the top of a tree he climbed.

Tallin went to help Thrasher after spotting him in the woods about a quarter mile from Thrasher's Hunt Road residence. Paramedics and police were alerted by Tallin and David Rogers, who led them to Trasher.

The elderly man had some leg pain, but other than that is expected to recover from the ordeal. Thrasher was taken to an undisclosed location and is doing well.

Tallin is definitely a hero, having the insight to climb a tree to search for the missing man. Without his willingness to volunteer his time, this story could have had a tragic ending.

In light of how many teens have caused trouble in their respective upstate communities recently, Tallin has set an example on how young people should treat others.

Wren Middle School is fortunate to have such an outstanding young man attending their school. Tallin has a Facebook page, in case any of you would like to drop him a line thanking him for his quick thinking.

Your comments are welcome.

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