By Felicia Farnsworth

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., Judith Guyse Rice, 69 of the Tanyard Community, went for a walk in the woods and didn’t come out.

A neighbor reported having seen Rice walking along the side of Highway 29. This quickly became a dangerous situation because Ms. Rice suffers from dementia as well as other health issues.

It wasn’t long before the Sheriff’s Deputies were on the scene. Also aiding in the search was Game Warden Freeman with Alabama Fish and Wildlife, Fire Marshall Todd, The D.O.C. Dog Team, and Aviation.

Deputy Chad Faulkner and Game Warden Freeman were on the ground searching by foot along with the D.O.C. Dog Team. Deputy Grooms and Sheriff Rodgers were searching on four-wheelers.

The Aviation team was called to search with infra-red after three hours had passed, and she still wasn’t found. It was a hot and humid day.

Six or seven civilians helped with the search as well as provided water to the deputies. Around 5:00 p.m., Deputy Anthony Williams and Fire Marshall Todd saw a figure exit the wooded area and started to walk on the highway.

They recognized the figure to be the missing woman and were able to get her to safety. “I’m glad we found her safe,” stated Deputy Faulkner. Sheriff Rodgers would like to thank Tracy Larkins with the support of the Bullock County D.H.R. and all the agencies that aided in the search.

“People with dementia in Bullock County, please get in contact with the Sheriff’s Department to receive a tracking bracelet,” stated Sheriff Rodgers.

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