Missing Battle Ground woman found safe

86 year old failed to return from daily walk Wednesday

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: May 2, 2013, 8:05 PM

 
photoBetty Kramer
Search command post

Search and rescue crews located an 86-year-old Battle Ground woman Thursday who had been missing in a wooded area near her home for nearly 24 hours.

Betty Kramer left her family’s home at 25009 N.E. 239th Circle between 3 and 4 p.m. Wednesday for her daily walk but never returned home, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Fred Neiman said.

Family members searched for her without luck and called the sheriff’s office about 9 p.m. About 16 volunteers searched the area until 3 a.m. Thursday morning, when the search petered out. Neiman said a few people continued looking throughout the night, but the search hit full swing again about 7 a.m.

A dozen volunteers continued the search Thursday, setting up a command post about a half mile away from the family home at the corner of East Berry Road and Kaskillah Drive, south of Moulton Falls Park. Searchers looked for Kramer on foot, in cars driving on logging roads and from above in the sheriff’s office fixed-wing aircraft. Police canines also aided in the search.

They located Kramer just after 2 p.m.

“She was lost. It was very doubtful she would have found her way back to where she belonged without search and rescue looking for her,” Neiman said. “She’s in great shape and good spirits.”