NEW INFO: Elderly Fire Victim Found Safe After Two Hour Search

A missing elderly man was found safe this morning after a two hour search following a fire at his Pitt County home.

Fire crews responded to the house fire on Pug Moore Road near Bethel around 8:45 a.m.

Family and friends say 83-year-old William Person lives there, but was missing. Firefighters say no one was found in the home while the man's truck was still parked at the home.

Some twenty people began searching for Person, but it was soon discovered that he was with his cousin in Greenville.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what started the fire.

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