Houston, Texas resident Sherry Noppe, 63, went missing in Harris County on May 4. Police said she was last seen walking her black Labrador, Max at a Houston park. And, according to Texas EquuSearch, she had recently been diagnosed with dementia.
Dozens of police officers, along with Texas EquuSearch and hundreds of volunteers took part in the search effort, Harris county public information officer Jeff McShan told CNN.
They used an infrared drone camera to hone in on a specific area of the George Bush Park, which covers 7,800 acres, where they thought there might be an animal or human. Once in the area, volunteers heard the barking of a dog, which led them to Noppe.
Authorities took to Twitter to announce the “small miracle.”
“Constable Ted Heap is relieved to report Sherry Noppe, missing since Tuesday, has been found,” the tweet reads. “It’s a small miracle that she’s alive after being missing for so long,” Heap added in a second tweet. “Thank you to @TexasEquuSearch along with the army of searchers who never gave up.”
Noppe and Max are now safe at home, McShan told the news network.
"It's a small miracle that she's alive after being missing for so long," said Constable Ted Heap. "Our concern now is getting her out of the woods and to a hospital for a medical evaluation. Thank you to @TexasEquuSearch along with the army of searchers who never gave up."
— Harris County Pct 5 (@HCpct5) May 6, 2022