Posted at: 07/13/2013 12:35 PM
Updated at: 07/13/2013 11:39 PM
By: Steve Flamisch
MALTA -- A Saratoga Springs woman, missing for more than 48 hours, was found alive Saturday several miles from her home, family members and police said.
Deborah Kline, 52, left her Columbia Ave. home Thursday morning and never returned, city police said. She was discovered in a wooded area near Malta Commons.
A NewsChannel 13 reporter broke the news to Kline's daughter, Julie Procter. It was unclear whether police had tried to reach Procter and could not get through, or notified the media first.
"They found her!" Procter screamed as the reporter read the police press release to her.
Procter, her daughter, and several friends raced to Saratoga Hospital, where Kline was being treated for dehydration. Procter said authorities told her that an off-duty police officer, while jogging, had spotted Kline lying in a ditch. How she ended up there is unknown.
Procter said Kline had isolated herself in recent months, and that she was "overwhelmed with life" when she left the home she shares with her boyfriend and his family.
"She's safe," Procter said outside the hospital late Saturday. "She's alive. She's talking. She's going to need some work, but we found her."
A police spokesman did not return multiple phone calls seeking additional information about the case.