A 78-year-old woman who had been missing for 12 hours inside Pokagon State Park in Steuben County was found Tuesday – “alive and well.”
The Angola woman went missing inside the 1,260-acre park around 7:30 p.m. Monday night, police said. After the report, multiple agencies responded to the area to search the park’s forests and wetlands.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said in an email that “search and rescue teams continued searching throughout the night and into the morning hours utilizing infra-red drones, thermal imaging equipment and canines.”
The Noble County Sheriff’s Department’s said 45 minutes into their airborne search on Tuesday morning, the drone picked up a heat signature in a large swampy area of the park. There, rescuers found the woman.
“After spending all night (over 12 hours!) in the wilderness she was found alive and well!,” the sheriff’s department wrote in a Facebook post.
The woman was reunited with her family and was checked out by medics.