September 30, 2023
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Sheriff Locates Woman in Crisis Who Stayed For Days in Unlocked Cottage On M-25

A sergeant from the Huron County Sheriff was following up on what was believed to be an abandoned vehicle from Ohio when circumstances began to suggest there was more to the situation. Here is a summary from a release by the Huron County Sheriff.

Clearing Snow on M-25 at Oak Beach

The story begins on Sunday, November 20th, with a snow plow driver of the Huron County Road Commission asking a woman to move her vehicle so he could plow the road. The woman complied and pulled her vehicle off the road. The plow driver then went about his way and continued plowing snow.

An Open Door On Cottage Tips Off Plow Driver

When the snow plow driver came through again on Monday, he noticed the vehicle was still where it was the day before and unoccupied. The plow driver also saw a door swinging in the wind of a nearby cottage. He thought someone had broken into it. He called the Sheriff’s office, and a responding Deputy searched the area. There were foot tracks to the beach and going to the cottage with the open swinging door.

It was determined that the cottage had been undisturbed for some time, and the likely cause of the open door was that it became unlatched in the recent high winds. The Deputy then checked the area and nearby cottages and found nothing unusual.

The deputy returned to the cottage on Tuesday to follow up on the situation. He noted the small white passenger car had been parked off the roadway on M-25, west of Oak Beach Rd. in Lake Township, for two days. A computer check of it then deemed it not stolen.

Car Owner From Columbus Ohio

The sheriff’s office got in touch with a local police department in Columbus, Ohio, to request that an officer visit the home of the car’s owner to inquire about any possible explanations for why the car was parked on M-25. They learned that the 50-year-old female owner had no ties with the area but had previously struggled with mental health problems. . She was last spotted in the Columbus region on Friday, the 18th. The name and contact information for a family member was provided to the sheriff. After being informed of this, Sheriff Hanson consulted with the Caseville Fire Chief and formulated a preliminary search strategy to find the woman.

Search For Woman Successful

A deputy located the missing woman on M-25, about 3.5 miles west of where her car was, after about 40 minutes of searching. She first resisted talking to the Deputy and others who responded, but she did so ultimately. It was discovered that she was seeking her boyfriend, who has no known connections to our region and lives close to the Ohio border, even if many details of this occurrence are still unknown. A little distance from where the Deputy discovered her, she had been staying at an unlocked cottage on M-25 and had been residing there since Sunday.

She was finally transported to a nearby hospital to have her mental state assessed and treated. Plans are being made to deliver her to family members so that she may receive more medical attention at home. The owner of the cottage where she was staying was called, and it’s thought that no harm has been done other than the lady sleeping there and helping herself to some food.

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