Texas grandmother, who was missing for three days, was found safe by searchers on Friday who followed her barking dog through dense woods.
Sherry Nappe, 63, disappeared on Tuesday. She was last seen walking Max, her black Labrador, down her street, in Katy.
The woman was found by volunteer searchers and deputies who were friends with the Noppe family at 3:00 a.m. on Friday. According to the family, they had refused entry on Thursday night. They continued looking in the bad weather and pitch darkness until they found the woman.
“This community came together at the drop of a hat for us,”Justin, Noppe’s son, spoke to local reporters on Friday morning. Max never left her side during the ordeal, according to her family. “He’s our hero,”Justin said.
Sherry Noppe suffered from dehydration and multiple bruises. Her family stated that she was otherwise fine. On Friday, she was taken to a hospital for further examination.
The searchers were “tirelessly” looked for the missing grandmother, said Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap. The woman was found in deep forest at George Bush Park on 7,800 acres, outside of Houston.
Texas Equusearch also sent rescuers and all terrain vehicles to assist in the frenetic search.
According to her family, Sherry Noppe became lost and got stuck in the trees after she was diagnosed with early onset dementia. Her son suggested that Sherry Noppe may have confused herself after being diagnosed with early onset dementia.
“With Max, that dog had no leash, no collar, and stayed by her side for three days,”Justin said. “And that just shows you the loyalty the dog has.”
According to the family, Max was being assessed by a vet. He also received a much-needed soak.