FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – The body of 86-year-old Ulysses Carr has been found –five miles away from his house after more than a month of searching.
He had gone on one of his regular walks and was last seen around 8:00 a.m. near West Muscat and South Valentine Avenues with his brown pitbull.
His dog returned home on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., but there was no sign of Carr.
Mr. Carr was a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease who was known to take daily walks that cover two to three miles roundtrip. During his first couple of weeks missing, an average of 35 deputies and volunteers assigned to multiple Search and Rescue (SAR) teams were out each day scouring Fresno County for him. This included SAR members from the sheriff’s offices of Fresno, Merced, Madera, Kings, Tulare and Kern Counties. Efforts continued in a scaled back fashion throughout December.– Tony Botti, Public Information Officer, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office
39 days later, on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023, Fresno County Sheriff’s Dispatchers got a report of a body being found by an irrigation worker in a dry ponding basin by Blythe and Sumner Avenues, between Easton and Raisin City.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene and Coroner’s Units identified the body, saying it had been there a considerable amount of time.
During the course of the search, 90 squared miles were covered, ranging from southwest Fresno, to Kerman, to Caruthers. The terrain consisted of vineyards, orchards and open fields. Also, more than 5,000 buildings were searched, numerous surveillance cameras were reviewed, and many citizen tips were followed up on, but nothing ever panned out. Our office wishes to thank everyone who tried to help locate Mr. Carr and bring much needed closure to his family.– Tony Botti, Public Information Officer, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office
Listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern.