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Police use helicopter, thermal imaging to find missing 65-year-old woman lost out in the cold

Missing Sagamore Hills woman found by chopper
Posted at 12:55 PM, Feb 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-04 13:31:17-05

SAGAMORE HILLS, Ohio — A 65-year-old woman who went missing earlier this week was found safe following a search and rescue mission by the Summit County Sheriff's Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol.

It happened Tuesday around 1:30 p.m. The sheriff's office said the resident, who has dementia and is nonverbal, wandered away from her property wearing just a coat and pajamas.

Her spouse called the Sagamore Hills Police Department but they were unable to locate her during a search that afternoon.

At around 5:30 p.m. the sheriff's office learned of the missing woman and "quickly rounded up a team of deputies" and detectives to help look for her.

"With temperatures that evening forecasted to dip into the teens, the missing woman was facing the risk of severe frostbite, hypothermia, or even death. Realizing this, we reached out to the Ohio State Highway Patrol to assist in the search by sending their helicopter from Columbus," the sheriff's office said.

The chopper used its thermal imaging camera and the woman was found shortly before 9 p.m. Troopers helped guide deputies on the ground to her position.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital for observation and is doing well.

"We would like to thank all of our deputies who aided in this search and rescue, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol for their cooperation and swift response," the sheriff's office said.

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