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La Grange man reported missing in Mariposa County

MARIPOSA - A search is under way for a La Grange man whose wife said he was overdue from a wood-cutting trip to the Soapstone Ridge area, the Mariposa County Sheriff's Department said today.

The sheriff's office said the missing man, Roy Ward Watson, 43, had not contacted his wife since he left home Wednesday. She was expecting him home within a day or two, a sheriff's news release said.A missing person report was filed Saturday, and a formal search began that afternoon.

Crews are searching the Soapstone Ridge and Greeley Hill areas. Airplanes and a helicopter were also dispatched to look for Watson.

Watson has multiple sclerosis, and if his medication runs out he may have difficulty walking and may become disoriented, authorities said.

Watson is described as a white man, 6 feet 1 inches, 240 pounds, with hazel eyes and short, dirty blond hair. He was driving a white 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup with an extended cab.