BEDFORD, Pa. (WTAJ) — Officials report that they have found 68-year-old Cathy Raley more than 48 hours after she was last seen near the Bedford High School.
Raley was last seen Monday morning around 7 a.m. near the Bedford High School.
Police reported on Monday that Raley suffers from dementia and were unsure of where she could be.
The search party consisting of police, firemen, and hundreds of volunteers was moved from the High School on Tuesday after a k-9 unit picked up her scent.
We’re told a group of young people found Raley near a stream on one of their families’ properties off of Shed Road. They said she was cleaning herself off, and her blue shirt was on the ground. They called police around 2:55 p.m. on Wednesday, saying they found her.
“We just all almost started crying, I think everyone had tears in our eyes. At first, we were kinda freaking out, like is that really her, and then we got down closer and we knew what to do,” Mitchell Zembower, part of the group that found Raley, said.
“We just kept talking to her and making sure that she was still able to speak and two of us held her hand and kept talking to her,” Group member Seth Montgomery said.
Raley is currently at UPMC Bedford recovering. We’re told her vital signs are stable.
“What stuck out to me was we said, ‘Your family is on the way,’ and she said, ‘My kids, I love them.’, ” Montgomery said.