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LSP troopers reunite 91-year-old veteran and family separated by Harvey floods

3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago Friday, September 01 2017 Sep 1, 2017 September 01, 2017 4:42 PM September 01, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

ORANGE, Tex. - Louisiana State Police troopers were responsible for a tearful reunion between an elderly flood victim and his missing family Thursday.

On Friday, Louisiana State Police shared photos of the moment that 91-year-old William Hays of Orange, Texas was reunited with his family. 

Police say Hays was rescued from the flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Harvey on Wednesday, however he was separated from the rest of his family in the process. First responders were unable to contact Hays' family due the phone lines being down in the area.

Troopers interviewed Hays and were able to get enough information from him to conduct queries using investigative resources hoping to locate a relative. Police also learned that Hays was a veteran.

Within 30 minutes, troopers were able to locate his daughter, Deborah Gorforth.

Deborah told police she and family members had been looking for her father and had no idea where he was. Deborah provided the phone number of her son, Jason Smith, who lives in the Sulphur area.

Police made contact with Jason and, within an hour, Mr. Hays was reunited with his family.

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