Missing Garrard County Woman Found Near Home

Posted at 6:24 AM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 06:24:26-04


GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– Emergency management officials say that a Garrard County woman at the center of a Golden Alert was found by one of her neighbors about half a mile from her home. 

73-year-old Esther Raines’ son noticed she was missing from their home on Oak Drive in Lancaster around 12:30 a.m. He went looking for her, but said he couldn’t locate her. He called 911 about 1:30 a.m.

Search crews said that because Raines has Alzheimer’s, they did not think she was far away. Crews focused on the neighborhood, but it is not an easy terrain to get through. 

Around 12:30 p.m. Raines was finally reunited with her family after about 11 hours of searching. 

Crews had gone door-to-door telling neighbors to look out for Raines. A neighbor said he just so happened to look out his window at the right time.

"Probably a miracle in the happening because it was just by chance I looked down there and saw somebody," said Bob Keefe, who found the missing woman.

Search crews said that the neighbor’s vigilance is what gave this story a happy ending.