Missing retired Homewood pastor found safe

Sid Burgess (Photo courtesy Winston County Sherrif's Office)

DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. A retired Homewood pastor that went missing Saturday morning during a hike has been safely found according to our news partners at AL.com.

Winston County sheriff said Sid Burgess was found by a creek early Tuesday afternoon. The sheriff added Burgess was found with some food and had been creek water to survive.

Rev. Sid Burgess was a pastor at Edgewood Presbyterian Church in Homewood from 1990 until 2013.

Previously reported

DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) — Officials in northwest Alabama continue searching for a retired Presbyterian pastor last seen Saturday morning on a hiking trail.

Winston County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bryan Kirkpatrick on Monday told Al.com that another hiker encountered Sid Burgess at 10:57 a.m. Saturday at White Creek Falls in Double Springs. They chatted and took a picture together before parting ways. But the 70-year-old Burgess hasn’t been seen or heard from since then.

The Homewood resident’s vehicle was found Sunday afternoon at a Burgess’s vehicle was found at Randolph Trailhead where he was supposed to be making a day hike.

Searchers looked for Burgess for 12 hours Sunday. They resumed Monday but were temporarily halted by storms.

Kirkpatrick says officials haven’t been able to track Burgess’ mobile phone, saying there’s no service on the trail.

Burgess previously worked at WBRC-TV and Birmingham Cable before entering the seminary.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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