EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMissing Woman Reunited With Family After 12 Days In The Woods
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Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Aug. 19, 2013 12:21 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 20, 2013 9:39 AM EDT
Madison , Boone County , West Virginia
A Tennessee woman missing for 12 days is found alive in the woods in Boone County.
Charlene Morgan-Hankins, 55, was found Monday morning near Twilight.
Hankins hadn't been seen since August 7th, when she was leaving a nursing home after visiting her aunt near Chief Logan State Park.
Family members say she was headed toward Oceana, when she ran out of gas in the remote area, and went to find help, and got lost in the woods.
Family members and community members in the Twilight area had been out searching for her after her car was found abandoned on Sunday.
"In my life I've never felt so helpless as I have when this started," her husband Eugene Hankins said as he waited for an ambulance to bring her to Boone Memorial Hospital on Monday.
"God's still working today. He's the same God he was when he created this place. That's all the hope I had," he said.
His prayers were answered.
"Relieved, so happy. I never thought I'd see her face again. It's just...it's so wonderful," her daughter Aubrey Morgan said as her mother was being taken off of the ambulance.
A man riding a 4-wheeler found Hankins. She was badly bitten by bugs, dehydrated, and suffering many cuts and bruises.
"Thanking God, praising God for all he's done. It's only by him that she's alive. He kept her through this through all this time in the woods," said her daughter-in-law Amanda Morgan.
"Can't explain it. Still can't. Best thing I've ever had," her brother Troy New said.
A Logan woman who was reported missing earlier this month was found alive on Monday, West Virginia State Police said.
Charlene Hankins was last seen on Aug. 7 at a nursing home near Chief Logan State Park. Troopers found her vehicle in Boone County over the weekend.
West Virginia State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous said someone on a 4-wheeler found Hankins. She was dehydrated, but otherwise OK, Baylous said.
Hankins was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
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