THONOTOSASSA, Fla. – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office shared full-body camera video Monday showing the moment a deputy and K9 found a missing woman in the woods.
The sheriff’s office said deputies were called to a home on Bonnet Hole Drive in Thonotosassa shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday after a woman with dementia left the home Saturday afternoon.
“We didn’t know where to look,” said family member Dana Gray. “We looked everywhere. We couldn’t find her.”
Delegates toured the area and surveyed the surrounding area looking for a woman in her 60s. K9 and aviation units also responded.
The sheriff’s office said the woman was found by K9 Toby and Deputy Craig Lariz while they searched a wooded area across from her home.
The video shows the deputy walking past the woman and asking if she is okay. Delegates were able to give the woman water and take her aboard an HCSO helicopter that landed at a nearby elementary school.
“When you meet her, you’ll see she’s almost unresponsive and dehydrated to the point of loss of mobility,” HCSO Police Chief Chad Chronister said. “She couldn’t even walk on her own. No doubt, in my mind, there wasn’t much time left.”
She was taken to the hospital for treatment for severe dehydration.
“There is nothing worse than the horror someone feels when their loved one goes missing,” says Chronister. delegates. I encourage others to use this as a reminder to call 911 immediately if your caregiver goes missing. For those caring for a loved one with special needs, the SafetyNet tracking bracelet can be a lifesaver. ”
The woman’s family said they are grateful to everyone and everyone has responded.
“I want to thank them all for their response and professionalism. They were all very nice and friendly,” Gray said.