According to the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, they received a call Sunday morning from an individual reporting that his elderly father was missing. Deputies say the caller identified the missing man as 82-year old Stewart Harris of Akron. The caller reported that Mr. Harris had left his residence on a four-wheeler around 9:30 Saturday evening to shut off an irrigation system in a field north of the C12 and Highway 12 intersection and had not been heard from since.
Family members told authorities they had searched the immediate area and found his 4-wheeler abandoned in a corn field near the irrigation system. Emergency workers, along with many volunteers, began searching corn fields in the area. Authorities say shortly before 3:00 p.m., rescuers located Mr. Harris in a large corn field northwest of the C12 and Highway 12 intersection, near the Plymouth and Sioux County line. Deputies report Harris was found alive and in fair condition. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City for further evaluation.
After initially responding to the scene, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Akron Fire Department were assisted by Akron Ambulance, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa DNR, Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Mercy Air Care, Hawarden Fire, Ireton Fire, Alcester Fire, Le Mars Fire, Hudson Fire and many area volunteers.