Missing Edinburg woman found safe and unharmed

Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Becky Mauck leads Linda Dellinger, 62, to her Edinburg home Thursday afternoon after the Sheriff's Office and fire and rescue conducted a search for her throughout the day. Rich Cooley/Daily

Shenandoah County authorities located an Edinburg woman Thursday afternoon after a search that began Wednesday when family members reported her missing.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office reported that members of his agency’s search and rescue task force found Linda Dellinger, 62, about two miles from her home at 2150 Barbershop Road.

Dellinger said the woman was found in the area of Palmyra Church Road and Cave Springs Lane.

“She was found in good health and without injury,” Dellinger said. “She was a little unfamiliar with the area where we found her. She indicated she spent the night in a wooded area around the Cave Springs area.”

Before she was located, authorities said Linda Dellinger had disappeared from her home between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Family members who had been out of the home reported her missing after they returned to the residence.

Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue firefighter/EMTs Billy Cook, front, Dale Orebaugh Jr, right, Mark Staffa, right rear, and Aaron Miller, left rear, assistant chief for Orkney Springs Volunteer Fire Department, float this section of Stony Creek near Barbershop Road on Thursday afternoon while searching for Linda Dellinger, who went missing on Wednesday. The crew is part of the county's swift water rescue team. Dellinger was found safe Thursday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

Authorities put out a news release describing her as wearing navy blue shorts or pants with a puffy blue jacket and white New Balance tennis shoes.

Several public safety agencies began searching for Dellinger on Wednesday and continued until she was found Thursday afternoon.

Capt. Wes Dellinger said Linda Dellinger was “a little disoriented” when the search team found her.

Dellinger said Linda Dellinger was checked out by EMTs at the scene and declined to go to a hospital. She was on foot the entire time she was missing.

“Apparently she had just been out walking since yesterday,” Dellinger said.

Lt. Barry Kittoe, left, a search and rescue specialist with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, and Shenandoah County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Frazier, right, search for Linda Dellinger, 62, along this section of Barbershop Road near her home Thursday afternoon. Dellinger was found safe late Thursday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

Dellinger said the search effort included search and rescue teams from Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties; Virginia State Police, tracking dogs from the state police and Fauquier counties; the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue.

Dellinger said two citizens who called authorities provided information that “was beneficial in helping locate her in a timely manner.”

“We were certainly happy she was found in good health, and it was a good outcome,” Dellinger said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com