Elderly woman safe after search

by | May 15, 2019 | Latest

Several agencies coordinated their actions the evening of Saturday, May 11 to avert what could have been tragic after a 91-year-old woman was reported missing from a memory care facility in Lucas.

Agencies responded to the missing person call were Lucas Fire Department, Wylie Fire-Rescue, Texas Department of Public Safety, Collin County Sheriff’s Office and Lone Star Search and Rescue.

Wylie Fire Chief Brandon Blythe reported that his department was contacted at 8:06 p.m. to provide unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) surveillance to the area where the woman was reported missing.

Drone operator Firefighter Kate Hull detected a heat signature with a heat sensor camera on the drone and directed Lone Star dog handlers to the area. The Lone Star team found the woman near a creek, Blythe said.

“There were several agencies and it involved a lot of coordination,” the Wylie chief said.

For example, Hull had to clear her drone flight with nearby McKinney National Airport because of regulations governing airspace. Also searching from the air, in a helicopter, were Texas Department of Public Safety officers.

The 91-year-old was unable to walk when she was found, but was uninjured, Blythe said. She was taken to a Plano hospital as a precaution.

For more like this, see the May 15 issue or subscribe online.

By Joe Reavis • [email protected]

0 Comments

Related News

Early voting begins Monday

Early voting begins Monday

Early voting for the Nov. 2 Wylie municipal bond and Texas Constitution election runs Oct. 18-29. Nearby early voting locations for Dallas County residents include Sachse City Hall, Rowlett City Hall and Dallas College Garland Center, formally Richland College. Collin...

read more
Three keys to victory: Wylie East vs. Tyler High

Three keys to victory: Wylie East vs. Tyler High

The Raiders have had their shares of struggles at the start of district play, coming off of a heartbreaking loss to McKinney North.  Wylie East travels to Tyler to face the Tyler High School Lions Friday, Oct. 15. Here are three keys to a Raiders victory this...

read more
Wylie loses to Naaman Forest

Wylie loses to Naaman Forest

The Pirates (2-2, 2-5) allowed 28 points in the second half, losing to Naaman Forest 42-21. Play of the Game: Jaden Flores records pick-six against the Pirates Things started strong for Wylie against Naaman Forest (3-1, 3-1). After the first half, the Pirates held...

read more
Abraham qualifies to regional cross country meet

Abraham qualifies to regional cross country meet

Anjelika Abraham qualified for the third straight season, as the Wylie East cross country season competed at the district championship at Myers Park in McKinney Tuesday, Oct. 12. The senior finished ninth overall out of 48 runners in the girls varsity 5K (19:50.60)....

read more
Fire personnel teach safety techniques

Fire personnel teach safety techniques

Wylie Fire-Rescue has a full slate of visits scheduled in October for schools, daycares and other venues to teach fire safety.  At Wylie ISD’s Cox Elementary School on Oct. 8, the program was a skit centered on two cartoonish characters and a puppet. In the skit,...

read more
Tax bills coming soon

Tax bills coming soon

 Wylie residents should watch for the arrival property tax notices in the coming weeks.  Tax statements on behalf of taxing entities throughout Collin County will be mailed this month, Tax Assessor-Collector Kenneth Maun reported. Statements usually go in...

read more
Wylie city manager resigns

Wylie city manager resigns

Wylie City Manager Chris Holsted's resignation was accepted early Wednesday morning after the Wylie City Council met in an executive session to discuss his performance and contract. The vote to accept Holsted's resignation was 6-1, with Councilmember Garrett Mize...

read more
Principal embraces role of leader of students, teachers

Principal embraces role of leader of students, teachers

Tiffany Doolan started at Wylie East High School as its principal for the 2020-21 school year, a time of turbulence for all schools because of the pandemic.  Doolan, who was the former assistant principal at East, recently talked about her job as the leader of the...

read more