An autopsy has been ordered on the body of a man who was found dead Tuesday evening in a wooded area of Greene County, authorities said Thursday.
Antonio Albares Padilla, 70, of Landrum Road, located near the Oconee County line, was afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and apparently wandered into the woods during a walk on Sunday, Greene County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.
“This gentleman would walk almost daily, but on Sunday he did his usual stroll, but never showed back up,” Harrison said.
The family searched, then notified the sheriff’s office which responded with a helicopter, volunteer searchers and the Department of Natural Resources, he said. The family had friends who searched on horseback through the heavily forested area, Harrison said.
“I’ve never seen such a hardcore search they were doing,” he said.
The search ended Sunday night without results and again on Monday, he said. Then about 6 p.m. Tuesday, a friend of the family was searching the forest about a mile from Padilla’s home when he found the man’s body near a creek.
The body was taken to the State Crime Lab.
“The cause and manner of death is pending the results of autopsy,” Harrison said.