Missing woman found in creek, rescued in Madison County

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Madison County woman, who was reported missing Wednesday morning, was found in a creek and rescued around four hours later, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Richmond Register.

The report says 49-year-old Patricia Keith hadn’t been seen since around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, in the Jigg Water area. She was reported missing to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the newspaper.

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During an extensive search on the ground and in the air, a Kentucky State Police helicopter spotted Keith in Jigg Water creek around noon. Her position was relayed by radio to dispatchers on the ground and a sheriff’s deputy and civilian volunteer, Scott McCreary, found Keith in the creek, according to the report. McCreary saw a post on Facebook about the search for Keith and he brought his ATV to the scene to help, according to the report.

McCreary and the deputy moved Keith to an outcropping of rocks in the creek before taking her to the ATV. From there, she was taken to a nearby trail where emergency medical services were waiting, according to the newspaper.

Keith was taken to Baptist Health Richmond to be treated for minor injuries, the sheriff’s department said.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the search by Kentucky State Police, Madison County Fire Department, Madison County EMA and the Richmond Fire Department.

“A special thanks to Madison County resident Scott McCreary for assisting in the rescue and use of his personal ATV during the search,” the Sheriff’s Department said.
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