Man gets lost, dies in Preserve


Last Modified: Jul 25, 2017 08:30AM

SEBRING — A man got lost and died Sunday on a nature trail in The Preserve of Sun ‘n Lake after a five-hour search, reportedly because he kept moving and authorities couldn’t pinpoint his exact location.

Ronald Bernard Fernandez, 61, first called 911 at 3:46 p.m. and told dispatchers he went for a walk at 1 p.m., but had been lost since then. Scott Dressel, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said dispatchers got disconnected from him three times over two and a half hours, tried to call him back eight times and then heard from Hardee County that his phone had connected to their 911 call center.

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