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Donald A. Combs, 84 of Sauquoit has been located. Mr. Combs had been missing for several days.

84-year-old hiker found alive in Adirondacks after search

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New York State Police and New York State Forest Rangers say an elderly hiker missing since last Thursday has been located alive in the southern Adirondacks.

"Donald A. Combs, 84 of Sauquoit has been located," the release confirmed. "Mr. Combs had been missing for several days."

According to the Rome Sentinel newspaper, Coombs was last seen on Thursday of last week. He was hiking in the Black River Wild Forest.

The search for Coombs began on Sunday.

Local media report that Donald Combs of Sauquoit in central New York was located Thursday by search dogs about a mile and a half from a family camp site.

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Reported by

Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Combs was responsive but severely dehydrated. He was sent to a hospital for observation.

Combs left his home last Thursday and told his family planned to be gone for a day or two for an outing in the Oneida County town of Forestport, on the Adirondack Park's southwestern boundary.

They called police when he didn't return. Crews had been searching for Combs for five days.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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