Deputies, bloodhound teams find missing elderly woman in woods

Missing elderly woman found by deputies on April 11, 2019. (Photo: Bladen County Sheriff's Office and Brunswick County Sheriff's Office)

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A missing elderly woman from Bladen County was found safe Thursday after deputies and their bloodhound teams were able to track her down in a wooded area.

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a silver alert for 81-year-old Ada Lee Brown Wednesday. She was believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

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According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Brown was found by the man tracking and bloodhound teams this morning deep in the woods about 45 minutes after searching with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

Brown was located about 300 yards from her home on NC Hwy 11 in a thickly wooded area, according to Larry Guyton with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Guyton said she was disoriented and scratched from briars. She was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Guyton said she was found shortly before noon. Sheriff Jim McVicker is thanking Brunswick County, as well as neighbors and family members who helped search.

“I want to thank Ms. Brown’s family, the good people of Kelly, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Bladen County Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services as well as my Aviation Unit for their help,” McVicker said. “I would also be remiss if I did not acknowledge the initial work and search efforts of my Uniform Patrol Division. The Silver Alert we issued Wednesday night gave us a lead on where to concentrate our ground search and that was instrumental in our locating Ms. Brown. I can never stress how important it is for law enforcement agencies and others to work together for the common good. Tonight a family is breathing a sigh of relief instead of worrying for or mourning a lost loved one.”

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