CLINTON — With the help of a prison chase team and police dog, officials on Sunday rescued a severely dehydrated Baton Rouge man lost in the woods 5 miles east of Clinton, carrying him out of the thick underbrush, an East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
The Sheriff’s Office was notified at 3:44 p.m. Sunday by a Booker Lane resident who had been approached by Chris Costanza, 26, of Royalwood Drive, Baton Rouge. Costanza told the resident he and his friend Cody Terry, 33, of North Achord Drive, got lost after entering the woods Friday evening on Gilead Road near Old Liberty Road North, said Detective Kevin Garig.
Terry was dehydrated and hallucinating due to the heat and lack of water, and he could no longer walk because his legs were cramping, Garig said, so Costanza left him Sunday morning at a designated place in the woods and followed the sound of a lawn mower to find the Booker Lane residence.
With the assistance of the Dixon Correctional Institute’s chase team and police dog — normally used for tracking escaped prisoners — the officers found the location where Constanza left Terry, Garig said. By that time, however, Terry had moved deeper into the woods.
After searching through thick underbrush for four hours, chase team members located Terry. They were not able to bring in traditional rescue equipment, so they had to carry him more than 200 yards to an old hunting trail, where he was picked up in a four-wheel drive truck then taken by ambulance to a hospital.