Dinwiddie Woman Found After Hours-Long Search

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Dinwiddie, VA—The elderly woman who wandered away from
her home and was missing for several hours was found safe Tuesday evening.

71-year-old Catherine Frazier was located by a tracking team, composed of
various search & rescue teams. Ms. Frazier was removed from a wooded area
about half a mile from her home, and appeared to be in good condition. Dinwiddie
County Fire & EMS crews transported her to  Southside
Regional Medical
Center for an
examination.

Ms. Frazier had been seen at 4:30 AM Tuesday morning before her disappearance. She had apparently
walked away from her home, located in the 8900 block of Coleman Lake Road.

Family members say it's common for Frazier to go on walks near her home, and
that she sometimes visits relatives who live nearby.

Her family was concerned about her safety, citing the cold weather and rain.
Frazier's health was also a concern during the search, as she suffers from
dementia and requires several medications.

Police from Chesterfield,
Dinwiddie and other agencies assisted in the search, as well as Virginia State
Police. They had planned to continue the search overnight if necessary, and to use
a helicopter with imaging equipment to try and locate Frazier after sundown.

It's possible that Frazier may have asked someone for a ride to a store, say
family members.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for updates.

Copyright 2012 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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