Monroe County Sheriff

On Sunday, Nov. 24 at 9:47 p.m. the Monroe County 911 Center received a call that Kenneth Vance, 81, of rural Melrose was hunting in the Tyrone Public Hunting Area. Vance had contacted his wife around 6 p.m. that he had shot a deer and would be home in about an hour.

Vance, it was reported, had not returned home yet.

The Monroe County Sheriff called Wapello County Emergency Management that brought their drone to the scene and at 4:08 a.m., Vance was located and transported to Monroe County Hospital, treated for exposure and held for observation.

There was no further information on his physical condition.

Agencies assisting the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in the search included the Iowa DNR enforcement officers, Albia Fire Department, Melrose Fire Department, Moravia Fire Department, Monroe County Ambulance Service, ADLM Emergency Management, Wapello County Emergency Management, the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Department of Transportation.

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