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Missing Wake County Man Found Alive

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NEW HILL, N.C. — Harry Jones, who had wandered off from the James Rest Home in New Hill a day earlier, was found alive by a farmer Thursday afternoon in a field behind the farmer's house.

The farmer, Cecil Morris, said he was plowing his field at 3:21 p.m. and saw Jones sitting on a barrel.

According to the Wake County Sheriff's Office, Jones appeared to be in decent condition. He was taken to WakeMed for a checkup.

The field where Jones was found was about 4 miles away from the rest home.

Jones had been missing since he apparently wandered away from the rest home Wednesday afternoon. Law enforcement and search crews had been looking for him -- utilizing a helicopter, K-9 units and all-terrain vehicles -- ever since.

This is not the first time the rest home has been in the news.

There was a complaint against James Rest Home in August 2002 that staff did not contact a physician in a timely manner when a resident became ill. The complaint was substantiated, according to the Division of Facility Services.

Another complaint that since has been substantiated alleged that the home's medical staff was not appropriately trained to understand the significance of vital signs. As a result, the home took corrective action by requiring additionaltraining for employees and developing a procedural manual.

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