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WOMAN RESCUED AFTER 15 HOURS IN THE NATIONAL FOREST

Around noon on Tuesday Sherry Sivley, a Willis resident took her dog back into the Sam Houston National Forest for her dog to swim in Peach Creek and do some hiking. This is not the first time she has come to the location off Tanyard Road and Sharon. However, somehow, she took a wrong turn and became lost. She spent most of the day trying to make her way out without any success. About 8 p.m. she called her father and told him she was lost. With little cell service it was a broken call. She then called 911 which sent her to the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office. Their equipment showed the call coming from west of Lake Conroe. The call was transferred to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office who was able to locate the call in the National Forest east of Willis. Units were dispatched to the area and learned from her father where she normally went into the woods. Units arriving found her truck on Tanyard Road near Sharon and a search was started. North Montgomery County Fire Department responded as did New Waverly Fire Department. Caney Creek Fire was requested for their drone which is equipped with an infrared camera. In addition, Montgomery County Search and Rescue was dispatched as was Lone Star Task Force. Caney Creek immediately launched their drone and after about 20 minutes thought they had spotted her but then lost what was possibly her under the heavy forest canopy. DPS Helicopter 102 was then dispatched to the scene as was Texas Department of Criminal Justice Blood Hounds from Huntsville. As deputies searched the area without any success. Deputies sounded their sirens in hopes she would hear them. Close to 3 am the radio silence broke when the DPS helicopter said, “I have got her, we have her spotted”. As the helicopter told Sivley to stay where she was using the PA system, ground units entered the woods. The DPS helicopter guided the team to her. Once they got to the location and found she was not injured, they began the trip out using the spotlight from the helicopter as a guide. On the way out it ended up with a second rescue. Out in the middle of nowhere a small female Beagle ran up to the rescue crew. Sivley at first thought it was a dog she lost during Harvey but once in the light realized it wasn’t. Now the search starts later today for the owner of the Beagle, officials hope it was just lost and not dumped. THe Beagle has gone home to someone to care for her till the owner is found.

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