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Kenneth Smith

Kenneth Smith

PINE TOWNSHIP — A 70-year-old man, who had been missing since Tuesday night, died from hypothermia, according to Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris.

The body of Kenneth Smith, who lives in the area of county roads 1600 North and 500 East, was found just before 3:30 p.m. by members of a search-and-rescue effort in a wooded area about one mile from his home, according to Jeff Biggs, chief deputy at the Porter County Sheriff's Department.

Biggs said there were no signs of foul play.

Police officers and others from various jurisdictions searched the far northeastern section of Porter County and northwestern LaPorte County much of Thursday for Smith, who had been missing since walking away from a neighbor's home in the area Tuesday night.

Smith had reportedly been showing beginning signs of Alzheimer's disease, according to Biggs.

He walked to a neighbor's home at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and visited for 45 minutes before walking away in an unknown direction, Biggs said.

"Neighbors stated they thought he was fine when he left," Biggs said.


Porter County reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for more than 38 years, including 23 years with The Times. She covers municipal and school government in Valparaiso and Portage.