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Missing 88-year-old Winston-Salem man found dead in construction zone after car found stuck in mud

Byron William Effler was found dead following a Silver Alert that was issued Thursday.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A missing Winston-Salem man was found dead Thursday afternoon. 

A Silver Alert was issued for 88-year-old, Byron William Effler, Thursday after his vehicle was discovered stuck in a ditch. 

Winston-Salem police conducted an extensive search and later discovered Effler's body in a construction zone at the Northern Beltway project. 

Police said a construction crew on the Northern Beltway project found Effler's 2005 Dodge Magnum and contacted them. The car had been driven off the road and was stuck in the mud on the former ramp that leads from University Parkway to Northbound U.S. 52. The vehicle was still running but no one was inside or around it. 

Police said Effler did suffer from a cognitive impairment. 

Credit: WSPD
Police need help finding Mr. Effler.