Missing St. Paul Woman Found Alive Near Park

Updated: 06/14/2013 2:12 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

A missing St. Paul woman who family members say has type-1 diabetes was found "unconscious, but alive" Thursday afternoon, according to Sara Prevost with the American Diabetes Association.

Edina Police tell KSTP Mari Ruddy was found near Highlands Park in the 5200 block of Don Caster Way at about 2:45 p.m. Thursday. She was found, slumped back, in her vehicle.

A man noticed Ruddy in the vehicle a few hours earlier, and thought she was just napping or resting. When he saw her in the same spot a few hours later, he called 911.

Paramedics responding to the scene found Ruddy unresponsive, but alive. She was taken to Fairview Southdale in Edina. Details on her condition have not been released.

According to the website setup for Ruddy, findmariruddy.com, her family released the following statement, “Mari has just been found. We will provide more details as soon as we can. Privacy is requested until more information can be shared. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.”

Ruddy had been missing since around 1 p.m. Tuesday. Family and friends say she had left her phone and other belongings in her home.

According to the website, Ruddy has lived with type-1 diabetes for 30 years and is also a two-time breast cancer survivor. She is the director of TeamWILD and the founder of the Red Rider Recognition Program. The organizations support women athletes living with diabetes.

The “Entire Tour de Cure and American Diabetes Association is beyond ecstatic. We are rejoicing,” said Prevost.