Paul Alexandre Metellus: Missing Belle Glade pastor found alive in cane fields

BELLE GLADE, Fla. - The Belle Glade pastor who went missing on Saturday has been found alive after going three days without food or water, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said Paul Metellus, 64, was found Tuesday around 7:30 a.m. by two farmers.

Metellus was discovered wandering in the middle of a sugar cane field nearly 11 miles from where he was last seen, investigators said.

The farmers, who have not been identified, found Metellus near State Road 80.

"I was shocked. I was happy. It was unbelievable," said Harly Metellus, who is the son of the missing man.

Harly said his father was taken to Palms West Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

"It's like a miracle," said Harly. "They were looking everywhere. So, it's like a miracle."

Family members said doctors told them Metellus likely suffered a stroke just prior to wondering off in Belle Glade.

They said when he came to his senses, he did not know where he was.   
"He could have been like somewhere and slipping and the gators could have like ate him," said Harly.

When his father is released from the hospital, Harly Metellus said he will be watching over his father to make sure he does not wonder off again.

"Just make sure when he leaves the house, he's going to have to tell me where he's going," said Metellus.

The Metellus family said they hope "Pastor Paul" will get back to his work at the church as soon as he recovers.


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