A missing woman from North Carolina was found, nearly 200 miles from where she went lost, in Virginia. The search for the missing woman had been ongoing since September. She had walked 200 miles before being found in a shelter.
The missing woman, 56-year-old Wilma Edwards of Fayetteville, was spotted in Richmond, Virginia. Shelter employees ran a report on a missing personâ€™s database, where here information was found. The woman said that she had traveled from North Carolina to the shelter on foot.
Wilma Edwards is known to walk around Fayetteville, carrying a white bucket that she sits on when she gets tire of walking. Apparently the locals call her "Miss Betty." On September 19th, however, she went from "Miss Bettyâ€ walking around her North Carolina town with her white bucket, to landing on the "unsolved missing persons" list.
How did Edwards survive being missing for so long? Luckily she didn't need any medication while she was wandering. It is unclear how she found food, since she didn't use any money from her bank account while she was missing.
This isn't the first time that 'Miss Betty' has wandered off. The missing woman's family says they have reported her missing once before and was found eventually in New York.
It is great news that the missing woman found her way to Virginia and that she was found. It reminds us the importance to check on family and to quickly report a missing person to the proper authorities.