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August 06, 2015

Police locate man who went missing in South Jersey woods

61-year-old James Wharton discovered on day 3 of search in Winslow woods

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James Wharton. Camden County Prosecutor's Office/Handout

James Wharton.

After an extensive search ran into its third day, police in South Jersey's Winslow Township located a man who called them on August 4 when he became lost in a dense wooded area.

Early on Tuesday morning, 61-year-old James Wharton called 911 to report that he had gotten lost in the woods near the intersection of Berlin-Cross Keys Road and Sharp Avenue after leaving the home of a friend.

When Wharton's cell phone ran out of battery, police ramped up their search effort and called in additional units, including K9s, to comb through a swampy area of the woods.

The search was briefly suspended due to darkness late on Tuesday night, but resumed on Wednesday, again revealing little evidence of Wharton's path and location.

On Thursday night, however, the search team pushed deeper into the woods and discovered Walker at around 7:30 p.m. A release from the Winslow Township Police Department said that Walker was found suffering from exposure to the elements, but was otherwise in good spirits and grateful to be found. He was transported to Virtua Hospital in Voorhees for observation.