A Green Valley man found in a wash by a DPS helicopter crew Monday is lucky to be alive, a Pima County Sheriff's deputy said.

A woman called 911 at 7 a.m. Monday to report her boyfriend missing.

The woman's car was having transmission issues at the Continental Shopping Plaza. She said her boyfriend walked there to fix it Sunday night at about 6 p.m., Deputy Brian Boll with PCSD's Search and Rescue unit said Tuesday.

When she awoke the next morning, she discovered he hadn't returned home, Boll said.

Boll asked for help from the DPS air unit, PCSD air units, the Southern Arizona Rescue Association, Southwest Rescue Dogs, PCSD volunteers and the Green Valley Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers.

The DPS air unit spotted the victim in a wash just over a mile from his home around 10:15 a.m. The wash was about a quarter mile north of the shopping center.

"People were just starting to show up at the staging area when they found him laying motionless," Boll said.

The air unit directed deputies to the wash, he said. The man was conscious, but disoriented.

"I think DPS Ranger saved his life for sure," Boll said. "I'm guessing he only had a couple of hours left since he was laying out in the full sun."

The man was taken to a hospital.

"Just finding somebody under these circumstances is pretty rare," Boll said.

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