AVON — The Village of Avon Police Chief has released details into the bizarre disappearance of Don Farrell, who went missing for seven days and was discovered alive in a ditch off of the Genesee Valley Greenway.
According to a press release from Avon Police Chief Gary Benedict, after conducting a hospital bedside interview, Farrell explained exactly what had taken place and how he survived for 7 days as he lay in poison ivy unable to move.
“The short story is that Mr. Farrell left his residence around 6 a.m. and walked the trails to the area that he deer hunts,” stated Chief Benedict. “He then followed a buck and doe off the trail towards the Genesee River, and tripped or lost his footing and fell. Due in part to a prior physical limitation, he was unable to get himself up. He also told me that he was able to get some (very little) rain water off of leaves, but did not eat anything.”
Farrell was eventually found by his cousin, Steve Linder, who owns the land and was searching for him seven days later. In his unaccounted for time Livingston County Sheriff’s Office divers searched the Genesee River, dogs, New York State Police helicopters, Avon Fire Department, Geneseo Fire and Ambulance, and York Fire Department, and numerous other first responders searched the region for Farrell.
Chief Benedict said that Farrell lay in the weeds for seven days unable to move, and was able to yell for help when he heard either a nearby helicopter or Linder’s Jon Deere Gator approaching.
The investigation into the incident is now closed.