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Endangered Woman rescued by Warren County Sheriff’s Office

21 November 2020 Front Royal/Warren County News


On November 19, 2020, at approximately 10:50 p.m., Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) received a request for assistance from Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to attempt to locate a 61 year old female who left her residence that morning and her family could not locate or contact her. 

Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy C. Clatterbuck developed further information that the missing woman’s phone indicated she was last known to be near the heavily wooded area north of Skyline Drive

Deputy Clatterbuck was then able to locate the missing woman’s vehicle on Skyline Drive in the area of the Dicky Ridge Trail Head and initiated a search response.

WCSO Canine Deputy C. Anderson and his bloodhound partner K-9 Rooster were dispatched to the scene in what would become a coordinated search mission. 

At approximately 11:15 p.m. the WCSO Search Team, accompanied by WCSO Deputy C. Ruckman began a methodical and coordinated search of the wooded area near the Dicky Ridge Trail. 

The WCSO Search Team tracked for approximately .35 miles, and Rooster using a scent article of the woman’s clothing, quickly locating the female lying face down on the ground in the dense underbrush.   

WCSO Deputy Ruckman immediately assessed the woman’s life signs, determined she still breathing, extremely disorientated, and in the beginning stages of hypothermia after being in the wooded area for approximately eleven hours. 

Deputy Ruckman and Deputy Clatterbuck continued talking with the female, keeping her alert and providing basic emergency care until Warren County Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene. 

The endangered woman was quickly transported to Warren Memorial Hospital for further treatment and evaluation. 

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