OTTAWA – A woman who had allegedly made suicidal comments was found Wednesday night at Buffalo Rock State Park after a three hour search. The LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office say they were notified that a 57-year-old woman from DeKalb County may be in the area, and using the woman’s phone, were able to determine she was near Buffalo Rock. Deputies located her vehicle around 9:30 PM and discovered what appeared to be blood and an empty knife sheath on the front seat. A multi-agency ground search was begun at the park involving firefighters, officers, K9 units and a drone. The woman was located around 11:45 PM and taken by ambulance to an Ottawa hospital for treatment.
“The successful search and recover operation that occurred tonight is another example of the commitment of area emergency services to work together in the Illinois Valley,” said Sheriff Tom Templeton. “It was gratifying to be at the scene and see firsthand the professionalism and dedication shown by these agencies as they worked tirelessly into the night to successfully find and recover this lady.”