Missing 69-year-old Coarsegold man found, deputies say

The 69-year-old Coarsegold man that was reported missing on Monday has been found.

Billy Pippin was located safe at a Merced Hospital, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday afternoon.

At the time of his disappearance, Pippin said he was driving his black 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 back to his home in Coarsegold from the Porterville area, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

“We are so grateful for the positive outcome to a story that could have had a much different ending!” read a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office.