Disaster Relief unit assists as rescuers find ailing woman
WAYNE COUNTY – Missouri Baptist’s Southeast Feeding Unit is used to providing disaster relief in the wake of hurricanes, tornados and other large-scale disasters, but they were recently called into service to aid in the two-day search for one elderly woman.
The woman, stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, went missing June 3 said John Rhodes, Southeast Regional disaster relief coordinator. As the search party grew to nearly 200 people, the Cape Girardeau-based feeding unit along with Wayne County Baptist Association and the Red Cross began serving hot meals as rescuers searched 24-hours a day.
Miraculously, rescuers found the woman alive June 6 not far from the feeding site or her home. She had some injuries and was flown to a local hospital. Her condition has not been released.