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Update – Missing Person Found

On 09/02/19 at about 9:00 am the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a forest property owner located on Storey Rd in rural south west Polk County.  The property owner reported a male had walked out of the forest saying he was lost.  Deputies arrived and contacted the property owner and subsequently followed him into the forest where Mr. Peter Nestlerode was found lying in the brush.  He was conscious and alert, but appeared weak from the effects of dehydration.  Mr. Nestlerode stated he survived by eating berries and leaves.  Polk County Fire District #1 medics responded and transported Mr. Nestlerode to a local hospital where he was reported to be in remarkably good spirits.         

The property owner later stated he and his brother were working on their property.  They stated they were initially going to work on the lower forest property, but decided to work on the upper property.  The property owner stated once on the upper property they heard Mr. Nestlerode calling out and eventually located him in some brush. 

Mr. Nestlerode had been missing for nearly seven days and was located about 2,000 feet from the residence he had been staying at with a family member.