OR trooper locates missing woman, gets medical aid

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An alert Oregon State Police trooper located a missing, suicidal woman in the Coast Range mountains and got her medical help after she said she had taken two bottles of sleeping pills.

State police Lt. Gregg Hastings said Trooper Michael Vanrenterghem was patrolling Friday on U.S. Highway 26 when he stopped to check a car parked on a gravel driveway. He found a 51-year-old Portland woman who had last been seen two days earlier and who had been reported as missing.

Hastings says the woman told the trooper she intended to harm herself and said she had taken the sleeping pills. A second trooper arrived and they monitored the woman's condition while they waited for medics. Hastings says she was drowsy with a weak pulse.

The woman was taken to a hospital for a medical and mental evaluation.