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The search for a missing Marion man came to a close Monday night after he was located injured under a bridge on Redstone Road in Adwolfe.

Tubers floating down the south fork of the Holston River spotted Emory Dean Kimberlin III sitting under the bridge and alerted police.

The search for the 27-year-old began Monday afternoon after family members reported him missing. Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler said investigators discovered Kimberlin hadn’t been seen or heard from since he crashed his truck late Saturday night. Witnesses reported that they saw him leaving the scene at the intersection of Redstone and Riverside roads on foot, bloody and disoriented.

Virginia State Police responded to the single-vehicle crash, assisted by sheriff’s office and other rescue personnel. VSP First Sgt. Kevin McCall said a search of the area was immediately conducted, but first responders were unable to locate Kimberlin.

On Monday, family members became worried after no one had yet to see or hear from him and a fresh search began.

Deputies, troopers and conservation police with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries brought in K9s to search on the ground, helicopters to search by air and kayaks to search the water.

Kimberlin was spotted sitting under the bridge around 10:30 p.m. He was taken to the Smyth County Community Hospital where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries and released.

The cause of Saturday’s crash is still under investigation and charges are pending.


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