Missing St. George woman found safe on shoreline near campground
RCMP locate 69-year-old woman who disappeared from St. George-area trail on Wednesday
Martha Comeau, 69, who disappeared Wednesday evening from a walking trail in the St. George area, has been found safe and sound, according to RCMP.
Comeau and her husband had a happy reunion when she was brought by boat to a landing on the Magaguadavic River before being taken to an ambulance, said incident commander Cpl. Jayson Hansen.
Police said she was found along the shoreline near a campground northwest of St. George.
"We had a very excited outcome about 2 p.m.," Hansen said. "Our ground search and rescue informed us that Martha Comeau has been found alive."
Hansen said giving the good news to Comeau's husband was the best phone call of his career.
Comeau was taken to hospital as a precaution. Police are still investigating the circumstances of her disappearance.
Comeau, of Maces Bay, was on a trail running from the Day Adventure Centre to Manor Road, when she became separated from her husband, who reported her missing at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, RCMP said.
Sgt. Chris Henderson, RCMP detachment commander for St. George, said several organizations were involved in the ground search and rescue.
Police said Comeau may have become disoriented because of a medical condition, and they were concerned about her well-being.
Henderson said he didn't know Comeau's medical condition. It's likely she was out all night alone, he said.
The public was asked to stay away from the area while the search was underway.
"The good news is the weather conditions at this time of year are favourable," he said. "Last night was not overly cold and there was no precipitation, so there are positive aspects to this."
Police dog services, the St. George fire department and Ground Search and Rescue teams from York Sunbury, Greater Fundy and Charlotte County took part in the search.
With files from Rachel Cave