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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 9:36 am | Updated: 6:58 pm, Thu Jul 4, 2013.

The superintedent at Meramec Lakes Golf Course east of St. Clair was found safe and uninjured early Wednesday after he went missing the evening before.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office stated through a press release that the 45-year-old man left the clubhouse area in a golf cart to go fishing on the grounds at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. When the wife of the man, identified as Willie Nelson, woke up at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and realized he had not come home, she went searching the golf course grounds for him.

When she couldn't find him, she said she called her husband's sister, and the sister called 911.

The wife's name is Linda Luetje-Nelson. She said her husband also had gone to check on some older neighbors who live near the southeast part of the golf course as well as to go fishing.

She said her husband's cellphone battery was dead so he could not call. 

The two live in a house on the golf course property. Portions of the golf course property is heavily wooded with no lighting as is the neighbor's property.

Deputies, St. Clair Fire Protection District firefighters and a St. Louis County helicopter search team looked for Nelson in the darkness. A pair of firefighters located him on the southeast side of the golf course grounds in his golf cart near the 16th hole at 4:37 a.m.

A St. Clair EMT checked Nelson and found him to be in good health.

The sheriff's office said Nelson was disoriented and had been drinking. The press release stated that he was not able to find his way home because he had lost his sense of direction.

Nelson returned home at about 5 a.m., Luejte-Nelson told The Missourian. He returned to work on Wednesday, she said.

See the Weekend Missourian for more details.

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