Hiker Missing at Beaman Park Found

Sue Byamba
By Sue Byamba
September 30, 2019US News
Hiker Missing at Beaman Park Found
A visitor descends from Austria into Switzerland while hiking from the Tilisunahuette to the Carschinahuette mountain huts in the Raetikon mountain range near St. Antoenien, Switzerland, on Aug. 3, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A 67-year-old hiker has been found safe and well at Beaman Park in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday after going missing from Saturday.

After 48 hours of searching, Wallace Carter was found Monday morning around 10 a.m., his daughter, Jae Carter Moore, confirmed.

Metro Nashville police said Carter was found on private property near the park by two search party volunteers.

“All he could say was, ‘I’m so embarrassed, but I’ve been on a three-day retreat with the Lord,'” Smith said.

Wallace “Buzz” Carter, 67, was reported missing after he didn’t return home from hiking at Beaman Park in Nashville on Saturday, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Police found his car with his cell phone locked inside it in the parking lot at the park on Saturday night.

Carter is a member of Christ Presbyterian in Nashville. According to the WRN News, his pastors announced the search at church on Sunday morning and people began organizing to help look for their fellow church member.

“We heard about Buzz at church, and we all came out to support them and try to find him,” Todd Teller told WKRN News.

Metro police and the Urban Search and Rescue Crew led the search with helicopters and drones.

More than 100 officers and volunteers searched for Carter on Sunday.

Volunteers were sent home Sunday evening before dark, and the search resumed with 157 volunteers Monday morning at 8 a.m.

Moore, Carter’s daughter, said she was stunned by the turnout of volunteers who came to look for her father according to Tennessean News.

“About 100 people from the church they’ve been a part of for years, they were out here yesterday,” Moore said. “I don’t know any of these people (here today), so it’s just amazing what humanity does to save their own.”

Shortly after 10 a.m, Carter was found alert and in good health according to police.

Scott Sauls, a senior pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church, where Carter attends, said Carter had gotten lost while hiking Saturday.

“He essentially lived off berries from the woods for a couple of days until he was found,” Sauls said, calling it “the best possible outcome we could’ve imagined.”

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