Missing Woman Found

7 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Monday, July 05 2010 Jul 5, 2010 Monday, July 05, 2010 6:26:41 PM CDT July 05, 2010 in News

Police found 59-year-old Chunah Lee on the east side of town at around three Monday. She was spotted on an old gravel road leading to the city's water treatment area.

Lee had multiple bug bites, one missing shoe, and was unable to talk with authorities. Police said this is possibly due to heatstroke. However, she was also starved and parched from not consuming any food or water since she went missing.

Police Chief Frank Tennant believes she must have been wandering all night. He and his patrol officers had already searched the area earlier in the day, but didn't see her at that time.

"I want to make sure everyone walks away from this safely," Tennant said in response to Lee being treated in the hospital Monday night.

Police said Lee, her husband Doug Bearden, and two daughters stopped in Hermann for two weeks to stay with Bearden's mother.

Lee is South Korean and police believed homesickness could have been a factor for why she went missing on Saturday evening.  Police said she left the house early that morning to walk her dog, and never returned home. When she was found this afternoon, the dog was alive with her.

The family refused to comment about the case.

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