79-Year-Old Woman With Alzheimer's Rescued From Ravine - NBC Connecticut

79-Year-Old Woman With Alzheimer's Rescued From Ravine

South Windsor Ravine Rescue

South Windsor police Lt. Scott Custer answers questions about the rescue of a 79-year-old woman who found her way into a ravine on Friday. (Published Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014)

Police rescued a 79-year-old woman with Alzheimer's who walked away from her South Windsor home Friday afternoon and later found stuck in a nearby ravine.

Authorities issued a Silver Alert for Zari Jamala around 4 p.m. Friday. The Silver Alert was canceled shortly thereafter when a state police K-9 tracked her to a ravine near her South Windsor home, according to police.

Police said rescue crews found her 20-30 feet down the ravine sitting on island surrounded by water from a brook. She was able to talk to rescuers at the scene but speaks minimal, if any, English,  authorities said. Firefighters said they needed special equipment to get her out.

Police said Jamala suffered minor injuries, including a few scratches, and will be evaluated at the  hospital.

A communication barrier has prevented police from learning how Jamala ended up in the ravine. Authorities said it's not clear how long she was there.

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