Police dog finds missing woman in cornfield two days after she was injured in car crash

Police dog finds missing woman in cornfield two days after she was injured in car crash

A woman missing after a car crash was found two days later in a dense Michigan cornfield by a police dog nearly a mile from the crash site – doctor said she would not have survived another two hours
A woman who was missing after being seriously injured in a car crash was discovered two days later by a police dog in a dense cornfield in south-east Michigan, authorities have said.

The 45-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was involved in a collision on Sunday in Livingston County’s Deerfield Township, 45 miles (72.4 kilometres) north-west of Detroit. She reportedly struck a tree on her property, but family members were unable to find her.
Her sister told WXYZ: “There was blood on the steering wheel and on the passenger seat. So, I am guessing she was knocked out and then woke up disoriented,” said the sister of the crash victim.”

Her car was found by police responders but she was not at or inside the vehicle. Two days later, the state police got involved and troopers searched for nine hours among mature corn plant in a 200 acre search area.

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She was ultimately found Tuesday, Aug. 8 with the help of a K-9 named Woodson. State trooper Jeff Schrieber, who found the woman with Woodson, his specially trained German Shepherd, said: “We knew she didn’t have much longer in order to live.

“It feels like needles going in your face as you’re going through the corn at a high rate of speed with the dog.” Finally, Woodson pulled hard and led his handler to the woman, who was nearly a mile from the crash site.

“I was able to get her awake. … One trooper ripped off his shirt to try to get her warm due to her extreme hypothermia,” Mr Schrieber said. Troopers carried the woman several hundred yards to a waiting ambulance, and she was taken to a hospital, according to state police.

The woman initially was in critical condition at a hospital but has since been described as being stable. The woman’s sister said doctors told them that she probably would not have survived another two hours.

“I’ve been doing this so long, you make contact with the family, you feel for them, and you know that you’re just trying to have a good outcome,” Mr Schrieber said.

An investigation into the incident determined that the woman was the sole occupant of the vehicle at the time of the crash. She was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to a release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Drugs and alcohol are being looked into as possible factors in the crash and the incident remains under investigation.

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