UPDATE: Missing Indiana Woman Found Alive Near Ohio River

Kentucky State Police confirm a missing woman has been found near the Ohio River.

According to Kentucky State Police, Lindsey Early, 32, was found alive just after 11:30 AM near the Troy, Indiana boat ramp on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River.

Kentucky State Police say Early and a man were swimming around Anderson Island late Thursday. In the first hours of Friday morning, the man called 911 reporting that Early had disappeared. Police said the man told them he didn't see Early go in or under the water.

For 12 hours, search teams from Kentucky and Indiana scoured the Ohio River, looking for the missing Cannelton woman. It was a relief to everyone when she was found alive.

Members of the Hancock County Rescue Squad found her along the riverbank on the Kentucky side of the river, upstream from Anderson Island.

"She was communicating with the members of the rescue squad, and she was able to walk in to the boat with assistance," says Rick Cox, Director of Hancock Co. Emergency Management.

Early was smiling as she was led to the ambulance but apparently not happy to see our camera. She was taken to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital for treatment, and was reported in fair condition as of this afternoon. Early was last seen around 11:30 Thursday night after a man she was with couldn't find her when he went back to the island shore.

"He went back to the shore of Anderson Island, turned around, and she was missing, never saw her leave the water, never saw her go underwater," says Trooper Corey King of Kentucky State Police.

The search was being centered around a boat ramp in the Lewisport area of Hancock County.

KSP went to Early's home and checked the house but she was not there.

"I've heard of it in other counties and everything, but I never thought it would happen in Hancock County," adds Cathy Poe of Hancock County.

Search teams used sonar equipment, and scanned the riverbanks looking for signs of early. Trooper King says she wasn't wearing a life preserver at the time of her disappearance.

"I've always said that, people, if you're not fishing out at 1:00 AM, typically not good things happen. Just from years of experience. Anyone who is swimming in the Ohio River past dark needs, for one, needs to have their life jacket," says Trooper King. He also says no criminal charges are expected.

Troopers also say the man had to get nearby fishermen to call 911 for him because his cell phone wasn't working at the time. 

(This story was originally published on July 21, 2017)


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