64-Year-Old Woman and Dog Found After Night in Woods
Press release provided by Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
On 5-19-2015 around 11:00 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 31000 block of Airport Road in Fort Bragg for a missing person. Deputies were advised that a 64 year old female had gone for a walk, in the nearby woods with her dog, around 6:30 PM but did not return. Deputies searched the area but due to the dense pygmy forest were unable to locate the missing person.
On the morning of 5-20-2015 the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit was contacted and responded to the location. A request for other agencies to assist was coordinated by the California Office of Emergency Services. Through Cal OES the California Rescue Dog Association was contacted to respond with trained Search and Rescue K9s. Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was also contacted and were responding.
During the initial search a member of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Chaplains group overheard someone calling for help in the wooded area near where the missing person was last scene. Search and Rescue members responded to the area. Around 9:08 AM the missing person was found in a very dense area of woods. She was cold and had lost one of her shoes but was otherwise in very good condition. She was assisted out of the area by members of Search and Rescue and Fort Bragg Fire Department.
After a medical evaluation the missing person and her dog were transported to a nearby residence and released.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA), Lake County Search and Rescue, Fort Bragg Fire, and Mendocino Coast District Hospital Ambulance members.