Hunter finds missing woman tired, hungry and dehydrated



Posted on October 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 29 at 11:40 AM

COEUR D’ALENE-- The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office reports a hunter found a woman missing near Coeur d'Alene.

The hunter found Nancy J. Shilling at about 7:30 a.m. Friday, in an area near where her car was recovered Wednesday.

"She was tired, hungry and dehydrated, but otherwise in good physical health," said Lt. Stu Miller.

Shilling was taken to Kootenai Medical Center for treatment.

On October 10th around 8:45 p.m., KCSO received a request from the Coeur d’Alene Police Department to assist with the search of Schilling, 60 years old from Coeur d’Alene. Through cell phone contacts, she was believed to be in the area of Valhalla Rd and Kidd Island Road.

Around 9:30 p.m. Schilling’s car was located off Valhalla Rd and near Kidd Island Rd. An intensive ground search was started from that area and continued until about 2:30 a.m. with no success.

Thursday morning homeowners in the Mica Flats community got an automated 911 call alerting them to be on the look out for Shilling.

Barbara Duzet said her neighbor Wednesday night spotted shillings car parked off Wildman and Valhalla Road. He called police and authorities looked that night into the early hours of the morning, but did not find Shilling.

Neighbors, search and rescue volunteers on horseback, ATVs, and a military helicopter all assisted in the search.

Several organizations helped look for her, and the Sheriff sent out the following thank you to them Friday morning:

"The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office expresses its gratitude to all the KCSO Volunteer Search and Rescue members, the Mica/Kidd Island Fire Department, the Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the numerous citizens and residents that offered their support and assistance over the past three days."