Friday, March 05, 2010

Hendry Man Found Dead

Ernest Forde, Sr. Age 85, Found Dead In Wooded Area

LABELLE, FL. -- This Friday morning at approximately 7:16 am, Hendry County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting a man found in a wooded area off of Commerce Drive.

When Deputies and emergency personnel arrived on scene they found the man unresponsive and later confirmed he was deceased.  Responders on scene were able to positively identify the man as 85 year old Ernest J. Forde, Sr., reported missing on Thursday, March 4, 2010.

Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden stated, ''Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.  We are all saddened with the unfortunate outcome of this search effort to locate Mr. Forde.  We are deeply touched by the outpouring of volunteers that made themselves and their personal resources available to assist in the ground search for Mr. Forde. 

It wasn�t just local citizens that assisted in the ongoing search, but also included help from adjoining Lee and Palm Beach counties.  Both Palm Beach County and Lee County Sheriff�s Offices responded with helicopters and a bloodhound tracking dog, who conducted searches well into the night.'' 

According to the Hendry Sheriff's Department the cause of death is unknown at this time.

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