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Rangers give update on Seneca Falls incident: 71-year-old fell into grassy hole near home

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Forest rangers provided an update on the search for a missing Seneca Falls woman, which took place over the weekend in the area of State Route 89.

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According to a release from DEC forest rangers, around 80 people took part in a search for a missing person with dementia.

The 71-year-old had been last seen around 6 p.m., and when forest rangers joined the search at approximately 12:30 a.m. dozens were involved from several agencies.


“Eighty people from Seneca Falls Police, New York State Police, Seneca County Sheriff’s Department, Fayette Fire Department, and Waterloo Fire Department searched in the dark with ATVs, a drone, and LifeNet aviation,” rangers said in a release.

Around 8:30 a.m. a ranger-led search crew located the 71-year-old in tall grass. They said she wandered away from her home, tripped and fell into a hole.

She was partially concealed in waist-high grass, according to rangers.

No serious injuries were reported by rangers.