A Coweta woman was found alive on Tuesday in a field near a forest, but the 78-year-old is listed in critical condition.
Eleanor Alexander was reported missing on Friday after she disappeared near her home. Searchers had looked for the Coweta County woman throughout the weekend, but she was not found until Tuesday morning when a volunteer who set out with her own dog located the woman in a field.
Alexander had to be airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition.
The story of the missing Coweta County woman generated many news stories over the weekend as authorities searched frantically to find the woman still alive. Alexander was last seen wearing a white shirt with red or pink horizontal stripes and faded blue jeans when she went missing from a walk near Providence Church Road.
Eleanor Alexander has dementia, but is said to be in good physical condition.
The story of the Coweta woman found on Tuesday brings memories of another missing person story with a happy ending. In Maine, an elderly man with dementia was reported missing by his family. A news crew from a local ABC affiliate was on scene to report on the missing man, Robert McDonough, when Robert happened to walk by the team.
With cameras rolling, the reporter happened to notice the man and asked his name, discovering that he indeed was the missing Robert McDonough.
“We probably would have found him eventually, but it’s difficult to search at night, and we’re very thankful he was found alive,” said John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service.
Though the Coweta woman was found without the same dramatic ending, the family of Eleanor Alexander is likely just as relieved.