Walmart employees help find 75-year-old Citrus County woman missing for over a week

Citrus County

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – After searching for over a week, Citrus County deputies have found a missing 75-year-old woman Thursday morning with the help of two Walmart employees.

According to deputies, while performing a traffic stop in front of the Homosassa Walmart, Sergeant Callahan was approached by the two Walmart employees who said they heard strange noises coming from a wooded area behind the store.

After clearing his stop, Callahan began searching the wooded area when he heard the faint sounds of a woman’s voice. He found Diane Mcinnis in a five-foot ravine and immediately called for emergency medical services while helping get her out of the ravine.

Detectives, K-9’s, volunteers, deputies, the entire community came together, in a desperate search for Diane.

“Every one of our citizens is absolutely precious to us. We went out and expended hundreds of man hours looking for her,” Prendergast said.

Diane’s family is incredibly relieved, as is the sheriff’s office and search teams but the question still remains, where was the 75-year-old for 10 days? Deputies still searching for answers.

We really don’t know where she’s been for those 10 days, no physical signs of trauma. Still a lot of investigative work to do,” Prendergrast said.

EMS evaluated Mcinnis on scene and later took her to a local medical facility for treatment, deputies say.

“Our citizens are amazing and if not for these two employees following their instincts and reporting suspicious noises, this case would have ended much differently,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “I could not be more proud of the deputies, detectives, and volunteers who spent hundreds of cumulative hours searching for Ms. Mcinnis.”

At this hour, Mcinnis is still being evaluated and monitored at a Citrus County hospital, the sheriff’s office tells us, they’re so happy deputies found her alive and were able to reunite her with family during this pandemic


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