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Search for missing Coaldale woman ends after she's reported at hospital

Published September 16. 2011 05:01PM

The search for a missing Coaldale woman ended around 11:30 a.m. yesterday after she was found in Lehighton at the Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital with a friend.

Over 30 rescuers, consisting of firefighters, police and the Northeast Search and Rescue team spent hours yesterday morning searching over five square miles of wooded mountains south of Coaldale for Renee Underwood, 33, of Coaldale, who was last seen around 11 p.m. Wednesday night after reportedly having an argument with her boyfriend.

"Tamaqua Police Officer Michael Hobbs assisted by utilizing a thermal infrared camera earlier in the search, until searchers from the Northeast Search and Rescue Team responded with their search dogs to track the trailing scent," Coaldale Police Officer Charlie Blesse said.

"The dogs hit on point, even following the trail back to the home," Firefighter Kyle Zwiesdak, rope rescue leader, said.

Responding to assist were firefighters, police and fire police from Tamaqua, Summit Hill and Lansford.

Coaldale Fire Chief Rich Marek pointed out the importance of getting information to the media and public quickly.

Coaldale Police Officer Scott Kramer said many volunteer man hours were utilized in the search.

Information concerning Underwood's condition was unavailable as of press time.

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