Police believe a 76-year-old Schoharie County man spent more than a week trapped in his home with no heat before being rescued Tuesday afternoon.
A concerned citizen called the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Department to report that the man living on Mud Lake Road in Summit might need assistance, Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond said.
When they arrived, rescuers found the home’s entrance blocked with mounds of snow and no indication anyone had been around for days.
The man was taken to Cobleskill Regional Hospital suffering from hypothermia, frostbite and dehydration.
Desmond said the man’s prognosis is unclear.
“I hope he survives,” he said.
Authorities in a news release detailing the incident urge citizens to check on their elderly neighbors or call authorities if they can’t.