Searchers looking for a vulnerable woman who had walked away from the Princeton Developmental Achievement Center the morning of Tuesday, April 8, found her seven hours later in a shed in a remote part of the Princeton golf course.
The woman, 58, was alive and in physically good shape when searchers found her at about 6:30 p.m., according to Princeton Police Sgt. Joe Backlund. Once found, the woman was placed on a medical hold for observation.
Princeton Police received the call at 11:35 a.m. April 8 that she had left the DAC. Sometime after that, the Police Department heard from the group home in Princeton where the woman resides, that she had called the home and stated some things that were “alarming to staff,” Backlund said.
Participating in the search besides Princeton Police Department were Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputies and Princeton firefighters. A North Ambulance crew also stood by.
Firefighters made use of all-terrain vehicles in the search, which began at the city’s Riebe Park located on the east side of the Rum River in city limits south of Highway 95 and across from Riverside Park. Backlund said that police, through the county dispatch center, contacted the cellphone company that provides service for the phone the woman was using and were able to get a general idea where she might be. Sometime during the afternoon the searchers moved their focus out of Riebe Park to the golf course. Princeton officer Jason Cederberg employed the department’s K-9 dog, Skar, which picked up the scent at the golf course and pinpointed the woman’s location.
Officers also walked through Shopko, the hospital and Coborn’s during the search in case she might have been at one of those locations.