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Police Find Missing Wilson Woman in Nash County

Posted February 23, 2000

— Wilson police have found a 58-year-old woman alive and well.

Police followed leads Thursday morning and found Nancy McKee near the town of Bailey in Nash County.

Authorities say McKee, who is mentally disabled, was found in the woods 10 miles from her west Wilson home. She was sent to Wilson Memorial Hospital as a result of being slightly dehydrated.

McKee left her home around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, without her medication.

Tony Angelo, McKee's cousin and legal guardian, says the 58-year-old woman apparently got lost during yesterday's trip around the neighborhood on her green bicycle.

"Nancy really doesn't understand everything that's happening," Angelo says. "She's still a little bit disoriented, but she is going to be fine. She's a little bit dehydrated, but everything worked out good."

When she did not return home within an hour, McKee's family called police.

"We've had up to 40 people tonight at one time searching, searching wooded areas," said Wilson Police Capt. Carlton Turnage. "The Highway Patrol brought the helicopter in. They searched the best they could. We've had dogs out searching, search and rescue dogs. We've had numerous volunteers come in and help us search."

After the all-night search, officers went door to door looking for leads. Residents in the area started calling Thursday morning after seeing the missing woman's picture on television.

Casey Bissette called after spotting McKee last night.

"I thought it was weird because it was an older woman pushing a bicycle, and then today when my dad asked me if I had seen a woman on a bicycle," Bissette says. "He told me to go up to the Quick Pick and look at the picture that was on the door. So I went up there and looked at it, and I knew it was the same woman." McKee is listed in good condition and will be kept at the hospital overnight for observation. Family members says McKee is not sure what happened and does not appear to be traumatized.

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