Missing Phelps man with dementia located

Harold Smith, 87 Harold Smith, 87

Updated: December 15, 2019 05:14 PM
Created: December 14, 2019 11:07 PM

UPDATE: The Ontario County Sheriff's Office report that the missing man from Phelps has been located after finding his vehicle in a shallow creek. 

Smith was located after a homeowner noticed his mailbox was taken down when he arrived home around 4 a.m. Sunday. 


According to deputies, Smith was operating his vehicle when it left the north shoulder of Route 96 where it struck a mailbox, continued across the driveway of 1060 State Route 96 and dropped down eight feet into a shallow creek. 

The Phelps Fire Department quickly responded to the scene and extracted Smith from the vehicle. Smith was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Deputies say Smith had "no serious physical injuries" related to the crash. 


PHELPS, N.Y. (WHEC) — Ontario County Sheriff's deputies are searching for missing man with dementia in the Village of Phelps.

Harold Smith, 87, was last seen at 4 p.m. in front of the Blue Ribbon Restaurant in Phelps. He drives a 2009 red Ford Focus with license plate: HGD-9336.

Smith is 5'10" and roughly 175 pounds. He has blue eyes and gray balding hair.

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