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Deputies rescue woman lost in woods

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By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies assisted a 72-year-old woman who got lost in the woods near 579 Volunteer Road on May 7 at about 10:30 p.m., according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
Deputies had received a report from concerned neighbors about the woman, who had gone for a walk without her cell phone or a flashlight about 2.5 hours before.
Corporals Barry Lineberry and David Walls and Deputy Cody Edwards responded to the scene.
“Both Cpl. Walls and Deputy Edwards had their canine partners with them, but initiated a search of the area first by car to see if they could find the missing woman,” Gardner said in a news release.  “Cpl. Walls advised that he was driving down the road with his windows down in the rain and heard the lady screaming for help, approximately 3/4 of a mile from the home and 50 feet off the road and into the woods.”
Walls went to the woman and found her in rough shape, the release said.
“She was cold, wet and wanted to get out of the woods,” Walls said in the release. “If she had not been yelling for help when we drove by, she might have been there for some time.”
Walls felt glad to be in the right place at the right time to help the unidentified woman.
Rescue transported the woman to the hospital for treatment of hip and leg pain.