NEW MADRID - Working together, area law enforcement officials and others located an elderly woman reported missing by her family.
About 4:45 p.m. Sunday, New Madrid Police Chief Claude McFerren was notified that 85-year-old female was missing. Family members told McFerren she was last seen walking away from her residence around 3:45 p.m. Family and friends had already been checked but no one reported seeing the missing woman, according to a news release issued by the New Madrid Police Department.
Officers from several surrounding communities were called in and began a search of the community. At 6:45 p.m., the woman was discovered by searchers in a concrete storm drain next to the levee, where she had taken refuge just three blocks from her home.
McFerren said at the time the woman was found she was disoriented and cold. She was taken to the New Madrid Police Department then transported by EMS to the hospital to be checked.
The police chief offered his thanks to the departments which responded to help with the search. "Without their help this could have turned out a lot different," he said.
Assisting the New Madrid Police Department were: the New Madrid Fire Department, New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, Lilbourn Police and Fire departments, Portageville Police and Fire departments, Marston Fire Department, Morehouse Fire Department and Kewanee Fire Department.