Pulaski chopper helps missing woman story end well

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A missing woman call involving a person with dementia ended happily early Tuesday thanks to Pulaski County’s search helicopter.

Just before 7 a.m. Tuesday, Pulaski County 911 Dispatch received a call of an abandoned car in the driveway of a home on KY HWY 328 in the northern part of Pulaski County close to Lincoln and Rockcastle counties.

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The motor was still running on the car, according to Sheriff Greg Speck.

Sergeant Zach Mayfield and Deputy Kyle Edwards were dispatched to the area along with members of the Pulaski County Rescue Squad.
Deputies soon learned that the vehicle driver was a female in her late 60s and suffered from some type of dementia and believed she had wandered off into the area, described as mostly pasture and farmland with patches of woods around, on foot, Speck said.

Deputy Jon Williams, a pilot for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, activated “Air 1,” the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, and went to the area to search. At approximately 8:35 a.m., Williams and Lt. Cary York spotted the woman standing next to a patch of woods in an open field. Speck described.

Deputy Williams was able to land the helicopter, and York made contact with the woman, escorting her to deputies who took her to where family members were waiting.