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Citrus County woman rescued in forest after ordeal

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Torrential downpours are just one of the hazards Citrus County deputies faced as they searched for 75-year-old Eileen Nuismer. "Very heavily wooded, probably the worst conditions you can think off, lot of brush, stickers, trees and stuff," said Sgt. Bobby Lambert.

Nuismer's husband returned from Alabama on Sunday and couldn't find his wife at their home on the banks of the Withlacoochee River.

But it wasn't until Monday afternoon when he called for help.

About 40 deputies fanned out across the forest.

Neighbors reported seeing her last Thursday. By Monday night, darkness led to a suspension of the search.

Then Tuesday morning, with a command post set up, they started again. A Citrus County deputy riding a 4-wheel ATV found Nuismer.

"It came across the radio and said that we found her and then said that they need EMS, meaning that she's still alive," said Sgt. Lambert. Less than a mile from her house, Nuismer lay in the brush, unable to call out. "When the deputy located her, was able to get her awake, get talking to her. She kept going in and out, so wanted to make sure that she stayed with em, kept her calm. Got EMS to her to get her help," said Sgt. Lambert.

Her husband told deputies his wife has early signs of dementia. Many cases like this end badly. "She was soaked. A lot of bug bites all over her, very fatigued, dehydrated," said Sgt. Lambert.

But she is alive. Eileen Nuismer beat the odds.

Citrus deputies train for this and that training paid off.

   
  

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