KATY, TX- A grandmother who had been missing in Katy, TX since earlier this week was located on Friday morning.
According to reports, Sherry Noppe and her black Labrador, Max, went for a walk on Tuesday and went missing. Her son confirmed Noppe has a form of dementia and her family thought she went for a walk at George Bush Park. She was seen on surveillance footage walking about Pattison Elementary and no one had heard from her since.
Then, at about 3:00 a.m. this morning, the 63-year-old was located by a group of sheriff’s deputies and volunteers. The group heard her dog barking several miles north of where she was seen of security footage.
Constable Ted Heap said in a tweet, “It’s a small miracle she’s alive after being missing for so long. Our concern now is getting her out of the woods and to a hospital for a medical evaluation. Thank you to the Texas Equusearch along with the army of searchers who never gave up.”
Texas Equusearch is a nonprofit, search and rescue organization that helps find missing individuals.
Noppe was discovered lying in a muddy area just off a main trail. She was talking, alert, and covered in mud. She is now recovering in a local hospital and Max is resting at home.
Michael England, a family friend said, “Us and police had heard some dogs barking faintly here and there, and so we just kept listening for that. We were happy to find her. Happy that she is alive, healthy. The dog was there. Everything was good. I mean, the dog saved her life.”