Missing Lexington man found, then arrested
By Greg Kocher
WILMORE — A missing Lexington man who was the subject of a search-and-rescue effort in Jessamine County walked out of the woods unharmed Tuesday morning, and was later arrested on a probation violation, police said.
Police and volunteer firefighters said George Russell Miller, 47, might have been hiding to avoid arrest.
Miller and his nephew, Eric Miller, 28, were hunting for caves and arrowheads on Pekin Lane, a narrow rural road off U.S. 68 about 2 miles southwest of Wilmore. Eric Miller said Tuesday morning that his uncle, who is in his late 40s, had a sharp stick penetrate his foot sometime after 11 p.m. Monday.
“He’s not one to ask for help, and he lay down and he said he was getting dizzy and that I needed to get him help now,” Eric Miller said. “So I went to go get him help and when I come back … he was gone. I don’t understand where he would have went.”
A search-and-rescue effort was begun to look for George Miller, and search dogs were called in, said Jessamine County Fire Chief Mike Rupard.
But about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Miller walked out of the woods in shorts and no shoes, Rupard said. “I take it that he thought we were gone so he came walking out of the woods,” Rupard said. “Essentially I think he was hiding from us.”
Jessamine County Deputy Sheriff Gerald Wheeler said Miller was charged with a probation violation. He was to be lodged in the Jessamine County jail in Nicholasville.
The Millers live in Lexington. In April, they made news when they were searching near the same area and Eric Miller fell off a 150-foot cliff. A search and rescue team was called out for that incident as well.
Following that incident, George Miller was charged with public intoxication and possession of marijuana. Jessamine District Court records indicate that he pleaded guilty.
“I guess we should have never come back,” Eric Miller said Tuesday.