Missing Elizabethtown woman found safe

ELIZABETHTOWN - An Elizabethtown woman missing since noon Wednesday, Nov. 17 was found by searchers this following morning.

Nancy R. Foster, 76, who suffers from Alzheimer's, had walked away from her home but was found in good condition, despite spending the night in the woods in near freezing temperatures.

Foster was found Thursday morning, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. by DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Stephen delaRosa and his canine partner Gunner approximately one mile uphill from her residence at 44 Garondah Way off Lincoln Pond Road. She was cold and possibly mildly hypothermic, but otherwise was healthy. She was carried to an ATV and transported out of the woods to Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency ambulance. She was then transported to the Elizabethtown hospital for further medical evaluation.

A large force of searchers had begun efforts to locate Foster Wednesday afternoon. The group searched until midnight to no avail. The search then began again Thursday morning, but came to a successful conclusion shortly after starting.

More than a 100 people from 11 agencies and organizations were involved in the search including: DEC Forest Rangers, DEC Environmental Conservation Police (including the K9 unit that located Ms. Foster), State Police (including their Aviation Unit), Homeland Security Aviation, Essex County Sheriff's Department, Elizabethtown-Lewis Volunteer Fire Department, Westport Volunteer Fire Department, Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department, Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks (SARNAK), Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue (LASAR) and Tri-state Search and Rescue and the Keene Volunteer Fire Department.

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