Police find man in the woods after going missing for 24 hours

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- A Blue Springs man missing for 24 hours was found Wednesday morning. Randy Greenfield suffered from brain cancer that left him with the mental capacity of a 12-year-old, so when he didn't return from a hike, his family was very worried.

His family told FOX 4 that he was going for a day hike but ended up lost and confused.

Randy's brother Grant said Randy was looking for caves in search of gold.

He ended up lost for about 24 hours miles away from home. The search and rescue group had to stop efforts because of the tremendous downpour yesterday night. It was Sgt. Jeff Carpenter who finally found him hiding behind trees.

"Hey, why don't you step out there and a 6-foot tall man steps out with a ski mask on and a bike helmet. It startled me with the ski mask. My mind says, he has the bike helmet and this fits the description," Carpenter said.

"He came prepared, he knew he was going to use that kind of equipment just in case it got a little cool. He wears a bike helmet because he thought he was going caving, so that's why he was dressed in that manner," Grant said.

Carpenter said Randy hunkered down for the night and made a makeshift shelter out of rocks to stay out of the rain.

His family says this is the first time Randy has wandered this far. They're now looking into monitoring devices.