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Update No. 4: VSP releases additional information after missing Springfield man found alive





CASE#: 22B1003661

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Cpl. Gary T. Salvatore                              

STATION: Westminster Barracks                     

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600


DATE/TIME: June 14, 2022 @ 0035 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: Parker Hill Road, Cavendish, Vermont

INCIDENT TYPE: Missing Person


MISSING PERSON: Donald I. Gurney                                         

AGE: 65

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Springfield, Vermont



At about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, search crews located Donald Gurney in a wooded area near Knapp Pond in Cavendish. He was dehydrated but otherwise appeared to be in fair condition. Crews placed Mr. Gurney on a litter and carried him from the woods, where he was checked by medical personnel and then transported by ambulance to Springfield Hospital.


Mr. Gurney was located about 1.5 miles from Parker Hill Road in Cavendish, where crews had previously located his truck. Investigators believe Mr. Gurney was out for a drive when he became disoriented, ultimately parking his vehicle on Parker Hill Road and setting off on foot before being reported missing early Tuesday morning, June 14.


About 50 members of law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies, and search organizations were involved with the effort on Thursday. More than 60 people participated in Wednesday’s search.


The Vermont State Police thanks all the searchers, participating agencies and members of the public who assisted in this successful effort.



***Update No. 3, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2022***

During search operations Thursday afternoon, Donald Gurney was found alive in the town of Cavendish. He is currently being evaluated by medical personnel.


The Vermont State Police will provide an additional update when more information is available.



***Update No. 2, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2022***

The search for missing person Donald I. Gurney is ongoing Thursday. Crews involved in the effort include the Vermont State Police Search and Rescue Team, Vermont Warden Service, the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team, Stowe Mountain Rescue, Colchester Technical Rescue, Waterbury Backcountry Rescue, New England K9 Search and Rescue, and the fire departments from Cavendish and Reading.


Anyone with information regarding Gurney’s location is asked to call the Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4600 or share a tip online at



***Update No. 1, 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022***

Search efforts are continuing today for Donald I. Gurney, 65, of Springfield, who was reported missing shortly after midnight on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.


Wednesday, about 50 searchers are working in the Cavendish area as part of the effort to locate Gurney. The crews include the Vermont State Police Search and Rescue Team, New England K9 Search and Rescue, Upper Valley Wilderness Search and Rescue, the Vermont Warden Service, Cavendish Fire Department, Reading Fire Department, Rescue Inc., Killington Search and Rescue, and a helicopter from the Vermont Army National Guard.


Police continue to ask that anyone who might have helpful information regarding Gurney’s whereabouts call the Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4600, or leave a tip online at


VSP will provide additional updates as the search continues.



***Initial news release, 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2022***

On the above date and time, Vermont State Police – Westminster Barracks were notified of a missing person with Alzheimer’s on Gurney Road in the Town of Springfield (Windsor County), Vermont.


Vermont State Police responded to the area and gathered initial information about the missing person, identified as Donald I. Gurney, 65, from Springfield, Vermont. Vermont State Police could not locate Donald I. Gurney at this time, but the search is ongoing.


If anyone has helpful information about Gurney’s whereabouts, contact the Vermont State Police – Westminster Barracks at (802)722-4600, or provide an anonymous tip online at


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