MARION TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A former member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who was reported missing on Tuesday, has been found alive.

According to police, 84-year-old Ray Mathews, who may suffer from dementia, was reported missing after he failed to return home from his daily walk on White Oak Road in Marion Township. He was last seen around 2:30 p.m.

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On Wednesday, Mathews was found in the woods in the area of White Oak Road around 10 a.m.

“We’ve had a very, very good life, but last night was the worst night of my life,” Ruth Mathews said. “Could never be any worse than last night.”

Rescue crews brought Mathews out of the woods on an ATV. He was then transported by ambulance to Grove City Medical Center.

“He is a man of steel,” his wife added. “God answered my prayers.”

The couple were high school sweethearts and have five children together.

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A K-9 Unit was brought to his house this morning to obtain a fresh scent, which led them to Mathews.

“We resumed this morning around 9 o’clock and we found him approximately 40 minutes after that. The K-9 dogs found him,” Chief Joe Fitzgerald said.

Mathews was with the Steelers during the 1950s and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1952 and 1955.

He is being treated for hypothermia, but is expected to be released from from the hospital Thursday.


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