Missing woman found


Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:24 p.m.

Authorities say a woman reported missing Thursday morning walked out of the woods wet, cold, and alive Friday afternoon just after 4 p.m.

Deputies and family members of Susan Smith, 44, were canvassing the area around her home on North County Road 225 when she was spotted, according to Art Forgey of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

"We conducted a search for her (Smith) using bloodhounds from the Florida State Prison and a helicopter on Thursday, but apparently she was even further out," Forgey said.

Smith had reportedly been on pain medication, suffering from sleep deprivation and had recently been experiencing hallucinations, her live-in boyfriend said.

Authorities said the boyfriend woke up to find Smith was missing and searched their 40-acre property for hours before calling the Alachua County Sheriff's Office for help at around 10:25 a.m. Thursday. Smith had also left behind her cellphone and car keys, deputies said.

An ambulance was called to the scene to evaluate Smith's condition. ASO will then interview her regarding the events of the previous two days.

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