Barron (WQOW)- Crews from three area fire departments and dozens of volunteers fan out in Barron to help find a missing 94-year-old woman.
Toots Anderson wandered away from the Monroe Manor in Barron Wednesday night.
The Barron County Sheriff says she'd been missing for nearly 4 hours when she was found, safe, outside of a Barron home. Crews from three fire departments, a life link helicopter and 30 to 40 volunteers fanned out searching for her. She has dementia and is also hard of hearing. Again, the Barron County Sheriff says she was found safe around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night.
Press Release from Barron Police Dept.
On July 11, 2012, at 5:48 p.m. the Barron County Sheriff's Department received a call from Monroe Manor in the City of Barron reporting that Vierlyn (Toots) Anderson had walked away from the facility. Anderson was born on July 27, 1918. The Barron County Sheriff's Dispatch advised the City of Barron Police Department about the incident and an Incident Command Center was established at Monroe Manor to organize the search for Anderson.
The Barron Fire Department, Cameron Fire Department, Almena Fire Department, Barron County Sheriff's Department, Barron Police Department, Life Link Helicopter, Search and Rescue Dogs, and numerous citizens participated in the search. There were more than eighty people and four K9's that participated in the search for Anderson.
Anderson was located by a group searching near 417 S. 5th Street, which is about three blocks from Monroe Manor. She was behind the house in some brush and flowers. An ambulance from Mayo Clinic Health Systems Barron was dispatched and she was taken to the Mayo Clinic Health Systems Barron for examination. She was treated and released for poison oak and some scrapes and cuts and returned to Monroe Manor.
The Barron Police Department would like to thank all who helped with this successful search.
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