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Pine County Sheriff's Office Finds Woman After Overnight Search

On Monday afternoon, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office located a woman who went missing overnight Sunday.

According to the sheriff’s office, a 41-year-old woman went out searching for her dog on Sunday afternoon and had not returned home.

The sheriff's office says deputies and her family looked for her overnight in subzero wind-chill conditions and did not locate her.

The Pine County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team responded to the search on Monday morning at 6:30. A search was initiated on Lake Alma with ice rescue suits and drones, as well as an air search with help from the Minnesota State Patrol Flight Section.

A neighbor who joined the search found the missing woman at just before 2 p.m., after human trackers discovered a signature print that advanced her last known point by more than a mile and a half.

The woman and her dog were treated for cold exposure by search-and-rescue deputies and members of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad before being cleared by an Essentia Health ambulance and reunited with her family.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Minnesota State Patrol Flight Section, Essentia Health Ambulance, Minnesota DNR Forestry Division, St. Croix State Park staff, and the St. Louis County Rescue squad.

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