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Missing elderly woman spent night stuck in a wooded ravine

The 81-year-old, who suffers from a dementia-related illness, wandered off.

An elderly woman was treated for hypothermia after she was reported missing, and found a short time later having fallen into a ravine.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office said it received a report at 9 p.m. Monday from the 81-year-old woman's family that she was missing in the 22000 block of Everts Road NE in Hagali Township, near Tenstrike.

The woman, who suffers from a dementia-related illness, had been alone for about 10 minutes before family members discovered she'd wandered off.

Family and neighbors looked for about an hour before calling police, with deputies and a K-9 team joining the search.

After two hours, a larger search team was deployed, including state troopers and DNR officers, with an infrared equipped drone used in the search by the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The search continued throughout the night and into early Tuesday morning, with the woman eventually found at 7:40 a.m.

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A neighbor found her about 1-1.5 miles away from where she went missing, having fallen into a wooded ravine from which she couldn't get out.

The woman showed no obvious signs of injury, was "alert and talkative," and ultimately treated for hypothermia.

She was taken by Blackduck Ambulance to Sanford-Bemidji Hospital for treatment.

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