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Gravesville woman with Alzheimer's found safe

By ANNA MEILER

GRAVESVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) --  After a day-long, extensive search for a 78-year-old woman with Alzheimer's, friends and family are relieved she's home.

State police found Ann Sally Olsovsky sitting on rocks along a river near her home around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Olsovsky said she didn't know people were looking for her.

Olsovsky has had Alzheimer's for about five years. Her daughter, Donna Green, believes she wandered from their home between 1 and 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.

State police, a bloodhound and a helicopter scoured the area surrounding her home for several hours.

"The bloodhound did pick up a scent, a very strong scent this morning, coming down Gravesville Road from the residence, however it was lost down here at the Route 28 intersection. We've been trying a lot of different other roads, different side streets, different paths, different cow paths," said Captain Francis Coots, New York State Police, earlier in the day. "There's a lot of area to cover, a lot of ruralness to it and a lot of foliage cover so it does inhibit the aviation assetts."

After Olsovsky had been missing for over 12 hours, police regrouped to tackle a new course of action. Forest rangers set up a perimeter and police combed the area section by section.

Concerned neighbors also walked and drove along the cornfields, while others mounted ATV's for better access to the woods.

"My two sons and I and a friend in from town organized, come together as concerned neighbors. We're helping out. My two sons are on four-wheelers. They've grown up in this area. They've hiked and hunted throughout these woods and we're going to give it the best shot we can," said Richard Hazard, a concerned neighbor.

Police said while they faced challenges, the weather and the large number of officers helped make the search successful.

Olsovsky is in good condition, but an ambulance is examining her as a precaution.

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