91-year-old woman found hypothermic in ditch on Columbus Day

An elderly woman who wandered away from her home in the Schoharie County town of Esperance was found alive but hypothermic in a ditch on Columbus Day morning, according to Tony Desmond, the Schoharie County Sheriff.

The woman, who is 91 years old and has not been identified, survived the incident, which happened early in the morning on Monday, Oct. 12. She was taken to Cobleskill Regional Hospital for treatment of hypothermia, according to a press release issued by the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office.

"She was in good enough shape that she just needed to warm up," Desmond said.

The woman was found about a mile away from her home lying in a ditch on Ragan Road by police and New York Department of Conservation officers with a rescue dog, according to the press release.

She apparently left her home on Sunny View Drive in Esperance, which she shares with her son, sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. on Monday morning. Her son reported her missing at 5:12 a.m., and she was found at 6:25 a.m.