Missing woman found safe after search east of Eagle RiverSubmitted: 07/21/2017
EAGLE RIVER - A woman went missing last night east of Eagle River, but searchers found her safe early Friday morning.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department got the report of the missing woman just before 8:00 p.m. Thursday.

The 70 year old woman and her husband had been kayaking on the Deerskin River earlier in the day.

Her husband said his wife had walked off from a remote campsite along the river.

A search was organized using ground crews and a drone.

They covered a wooded area between the Deerskin River and Pitman Road in the Town of Washington.

The woman was found about 1:45 a.m. Friday morning.

She had some minor injuries, but was able to walk out with the rescue crew.

Story By: Newswatch 12 News Team

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