SPENCER (CBS) – A woman who went missing after going for a walk in the woods in Spencer over the weekend has been found. First responders located 65-year-old Jeanette D. St. Peter after a 10-hour search.
Firefighters, police officers and K-9 units were all searching for St. Peter after she never returned from her walk Sunday. The good news came Monday afternoon.
She was found less than 300 yards behind her house on Martin Drive. She was conscious, but suffering from mild hypothermia.
“I couldn’t ask for a better outcome,” said Spencer Police Lt. Michael Befford. “I would have liked to have found her earlier this morning but we found her today safe, and she’s going tom make it through the ordeal.”
She had been missing for close to 24 hours. Searchers spent most of the day in nearby Howe State Park, thinking she may have gone there for a walk there Sunday afternoon, dressed only for the record warm temperatures.
But when police dogs, drones, and the dive team turned up nothing, they went back to her house, where her family had first called 911 after she didn’t return for supper Sunday night.
St. Peter has no history of health issues and police aren’t sure how she got lost so close to home or how she weathered the dropping temperatures overnight.
She was taken to UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester where police believe she will spend the night.