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Missing Woman Found Safe in Franklin County

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A Pittsburg, Kan., woman who was lost in the Ozark National Forest in Franklin County since Tuesday has been found safe.

Ann Naylor, 30, was found around 7 p.m. Wednesday in the woods.

"She was alert, coherent, a little hungry and dehydrated," said Sebastian County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Scott.

Naylor was treated by emergency medical specialists on the scene and then taken to a Fort Smith hospital to be checked out, said Sheriff Anthony Boen.

More than a dozen agencies, search dogs and hundreds of volunteers searched for Naylor through much of Tuesday and Wednesday along a rugged eight mile radius on foot and on four-wheelers. Crews found Naylor about a half mile from her abandoned car.

"This is a very good ending to a very long two days," Scott said.

The woman called 911 around 1 p.m. Tuesday saying she was lost in the woods near White Rock. Naylor also told the dispatcher someone armed with a gun was chasing her.

Deputies say they don’t believe that is the case now.

Naylor has a history of mental illness and told her roommate she was going to drive until the voices told her to stop, according to deputies. Deputies found her abandoned red four-door vehicle on Mineral Hill Road near Shores Lake. Boen believes she jumped out of the car and took off, scared.

“She just recently had her medication changed, so that could have something to do with it,” the sheriff said.

See 5NEWS Reporter Heather Lewis' coverage of the search below: