Missing Coarsegold man found in Merced


A Coarsegold man who went missing for three days was found in a Merced hospital on Thursday.

Billy Pippin, 69, was reported missing on Monday to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office after he didn’t make it to his home.

Pippin has been visiting a friends on Sunday in Springville in Tulare County, he told his friend he wasn’t feeling well and he was going to head home.

Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office with the help of Merced County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and Porterville Police followed up on tips and searched up and down Highway 99 looking for any clues of where Pippin could have gone.

On Thursday, Terry Pippin, the victim’s son, who lives in Atascadero said his father was located in hospital in Merced but the hospital couldn’t get a hold of the family because he didn’t have any identification.

“A nurse there saw one of the news reports and said ‘Hey, that’s our missing person,’ he said.

Terry said his father was located at a CVS parking lot in Merced, he was suffering from a medical emergency.

A bystander called 911 and Pippin was taken to the local hospital in Merced.

“He was found in a parking lot. He was disoriented. No drivers license. No money. No ID. He ran out of gas,” Pippin said.

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office called off the search once they received confirmation that Pippin was located in Merced.

“A lot of the times when we do have these types of situations. It ends tragically, whether it’s a medical episode, whether they get lost in the woods and than they’re not found and they’re later found deceased. This was a good story where he was found,” Detective Joe Torres said.

Billy plans to be in Merced when his father is released from the hospital Friday morning.

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