An 84-year-old western Pennsylvania man who reportedly suffers from dementia and once played for the Pittsburgh Steelers is expected to be OK after he spent about 20 hours in the woods after not returning from a walk.
Raymond Mathews, from Harrisville in northern Butler County, was seen walking in nearby Marion Township about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Searchers couldn't immediately find him and resumed looking Wednesday morning, when Mathews was found in a wooded ravine off Country Line Road about a mile from his home.
His wife Ruth said she's "elated" and that her husband was "very lucky."
“He’s a very likeable person. To know him is to love him,” said Ruth. “(Last night) was terrible. It was the worst night of my life.”
She said the support from her family, friends and even strangers was overwhelming.
“I’m very relieved. We are very fortunate to find him in the condition he was in. He’s in better shape than most of us,” Mathews’ grandson Lucas Pryor said.
Mathews was taken to Grove City Medical Center as a precaution.
“He definitely had hypothermia. He was confused and now he’s stabilized except for his temperature. His body temp is very low,” Dr. Jeff Moldovan said.
Moldovan said Mathews will spend the night in the hospital, but is expected to be OK.
Mathews was a running back and receiver for the Steelers for nine seasons from 1951 to 1959 after playing at Clemson University.
He was drafted in the seventh round of the 1951 draft. He went to two Pro Bowls and is 10th on the franchise receiving yards list.