UPDATE: Jogger Finds Missing Woman Between Hospital and Route 257
On Tuesday, March 26, members of Franklin-based State Police responded to UPMC Northwest Hospital in Cranberry Township, Venango County, for a report of a patient who had walked away from the hospital undetected.
The patient was last seen at the UPMC Hospital on March 26 around 7:30 a.m. and left in an unknown direction of travel.
The patient was not immediately located, and a search effort was initiated with the assistance of PSP Aviation, Seneca Volunteer Fire Department, Venango County Sheriff’s Office, hospital staff, family, and one PennDOT employee.
The patient was listed as a missing endangered person.
While searching the area, Seneca Volunteer Fire Department members spoke with Edward M. Hartle III, an off-duty PennDOT worker, who was out jogging with his dog. They notified him of the search that was underway for the missing person.
Hartle, who was training for a 50K run planned on jogging seven miles on the exercise path around UPMC, but after being provided descriptive information of the patient, he decided to assist by jogging the edge of the woodline around the fields instead.
Around 8:00 p.m. on March 26, Hartle found the missing patient curled up on the ground along the edge of a field between the hospital and State Route 257.
The patient was taken to the UPMC Hospital emergency room for treatment, and her family was notified.
Given the patient’s condition and frigid temperatures, it is unlikely that she would have survived the night had she not been located by Hartle, according to police.
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