Warren County sheriff's deputies rescued a 61-year old woman after finding her late Thursday or early Friday in the early stages of hypothermia in thick underbrush in Shenandoah National Park.
The search for the woman by the Sheriff's Office began with a request at 10:40 p.m. from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for assistance in locating her, a press release from the Warren County Sheriff's Office stated. She had left her residence that morning and her family had not been able to locate or contact her since then.
Warren County Sheriff's Office Deputy C. Clatterbuck learned that the woman's phone indicated she was last known to be near the area north of Skyline Drive, the release stated. Clatterbuck found the woman's vehicle on Skyline Drive in the area of the Dicky Ridge Trail head and initiated a search response.
Warren County Sheriff's Office Canine Deputy C. Anderson and his bloodhound partner, Rooster, were dispatched to the scene, the release continued.
Another deputy, C. Ruckman, joined the search, which began at about 11:15 p.m. and continued for about .35 mile. The search ended when Rooster, relying on scent from the woman's clothing, found her lying face down in dense underbrush, the release stated.
Ruckman determined she was still breathing, extremely disoriented and in the beginning stages of hypothermia after being in the area for about 11 hours, the release stated.
Ruckman and Clatterbuck provided basic emergency care and talked with the woman, keeping her alert, until Warren County Emergency Medical Services arrived, according to the news release. The woman was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital for further treatment and evaluation.
The hospital did not respond to a message Sunday seeking an update on the woman's status.