By KRYSTAL J. CARMAN

Staff Writer

An elderly Inola man was found in Catoosa Monday morning after he had gone missing for nearly five hours.

Donald Mashburn went out for his usual morning walk at 5:30 a.m. Monday. Only this time he did not return.

That’s when family members contacted authorities. They were worried about the 73-year-old stroke victim who cannot speak.

“We got the call at about 6:30 (Monday) morning that he had not returned home from his walk,” Rogers County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Dooley said. “His family said he usually sticks to the road. We did a small search of the area around his home, then we realized we needed to search more.”

Mashburn lives just off Highway 412 approximately two miles northwest of Inola.

Several area agencies were involved in the search, including a Tulsa Police Department helicopter, the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, Rogers County Emergency Management, Rogers County K-9 and several fire departments — Inola, Choteau and Oak Grove — with no less than 50 people conducting the search.

At 10 a.m., the Mashburn family received word that Donald had been found — in Catoosa. Family members were thankful, saying, “Praise the Lord.”

“He walked to Catoosa,” Dooley said. “He must have cut across Admiral to make it there.”

Mashburn was returned to his home in Inola around 10:20 a.m. Monday, unharmed and welcomed by his family.

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