An elderly woman who lives at Lake Pointe Assisted Living in Lake Waccamaw was found safe after missing overnight.
A resident of Lakeshore Drive found the woman, who apparently had spent the night in a neighbor’s car, Thanksgiving morning. The woman, who is 71, appeared on the porch of a Lakeshore Drive residence about 7:40 a.m. and asked for a cup of coffee, said Stuart Rogers, who lives at the Lakeshore Drive residence near Robeson Avenue.
Rogers said she had gotten an Emergency Alert robocall about 1 a.m. Thursday and immediately recognized the woman from the description given on the call.
The woman went missing Wednesday evening, probably around 8 p.m. Fire, rescue and police units searched for her in the night, where temperatures dipped into the low 40s. Responders said her condition was good considering the cold temperatures. EMS took her to Columbus Regional to be checked out. The car in which she spent the night fortunately had a blanket, drinks and snacks in it.
Officers used a bloodhound to try and locate the woman, said Lake Waccamaw Police Chief Scott Hyatt. Authorities also called for three different helicopters but couldn’t get one to respond.
Boats, vehicles and people, some equipped with thermal imaging cameras, searched for the woman in full force until about 2:30 Thursday morning, then scaled back the search. The woman is a regular walker and was last seen near Bella Coola Road.
Hyatt thanked the 50 or so responders who conducted the search in cold temperatures.