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UPDATE: Missing Braxton County, WV man found alive in Sutton

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BRAXTON COUNTY, WV -

UPDATE:

Kenneth Ray Greenlief was found alive Tuesday afternoon, according to troopers with the West Virginia State Police.

Officers said they found the man standing on the side of Route 4 in Sutton. He does not appear to be injured. Greenlief suffers from Alzheimer's and schizophrenia, according to family and police.

Troopers said they spent the day scouring the area. Greenlief's son said he actually spotted his father in a field near Braxton County High School.

"Apparently, he ran from his son," said Sr. Trooper L. Mohr. "And that's when he called us to assist him."

Police cancelled the Silver Alert just after 4 p.m. A sign on I-79 alerted drivers of the Silver Alert while family and police searched the area.

Six out of 10 people with Alzheimer's will wander, according to the WV Alzheimer's Association. Representatives said caregivers should prepare for the worst, especially if their loved one tends to wander.

Walk Coordinator Kaarmin Ford said family members can purchase identification bracelets embedded with GPS tracking devices. Such monitors can be worn as bracelets, anklets, or necklaces. Ford also recommended relatives prepare a photograph with important details for police, in case their loved one disappears.

Project Lifesaver International is a program that helps locate people who wander due to Alzheimer's, autism, Down Syndrome, dementia, and other related disorders. Individuals who wear a battery-powered bracelet can be tracked by their local sheriff's department within a 50-mile radius of their home. The program, which started in West Virginia in 2005, also trains law enforcement agencies.

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UPDATE:

Kenneth Ray Greenlief was spotted near Braxton County High School, according to Greenlief's son, Charles.

Greenlief became agitated when approached and ran from his son, according to both Charles and troopers with the West Virginia State Police. Charles said Greenlief fled in the direction of a barn. Police and Greenlief's family continue to search the Flatwoods area for Greenlief.

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ORIGINAL:

A man with Alzheimer's and schizophrenia is missing in Braxton County, WV.

Kenneth Ray Greenlief, 66, of Flatwoods was last seen at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16.  Greenlief lives with his brother on Hurley Brown Drive.

Greenlief is described as 5'6" tall, weighing about 135 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket and jeans.

Greenlief is know to hitchhike and may be heading towards his church in Charleston, WV.