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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Missing woman on river found safe

  • A woman who had been reported missing since Monday while floating on the Gasconade River in Maries County near Vienna was found safe Wednesday.
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  • A woman who had been reported missing since Monday while floating on the Gasconade River in Maries County near Vienna was found safe Wednesday.
    According to Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman, Penny D. Curtner, 34, was brought to the sheriff’s office Wednesday around 11:30 a.m. by an individual living in a camper who she came across while lost in the woods.
    She had minor injuries that were treated and she was released to her family. Heitman said she had abrasions on her arms and legs from walking through brush and weeds. Her feet had cuts on them and she was thirsty, Heitman said.
    Several area agencies helped in the search for Curtner, who was reported missing by her family at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Family and friends had not been able to contact her.
    According to the family, Curtner was last seen at approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday floating down the Gasconade River by herself on a black and green tube.
    Heitman said Curtner got off the river after dark Monday and got lost in the woods. According to the sheriff, she spent most of Monday night lost in the woods.
    Then Tuesday night, Heitman said she sought shelter in a farm tractor during the storms. She later followed the river to Indian Ford and found a person in a camper. Heitman said sheriff’s deputies had checked the camper the night before.
    Emergency crews had discontinued their search for Curtner Tuesday night and resumed the search Wednesday morning after the storms.
    Officials with the Maries County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Water Patrol, Vienna Fire Department, Belle Police Department and Linn Fire Department all assisted.
    “These individuals volunteered their time and personal boats to help us look for her,” said Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman. “We are very lucky that she was found safe, I had my doubts with the rain and storm.”
    Heitman said many of the volunteer firefighters used their own boats and time to assist with the search.

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