Sheriff: Missing Madisonville woman found in marsh, naked and disoriented

Published: Dec. 3, 2014 at 10:08 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2014 at 11:04 PM CST
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A Madisonville woman reported missing Tuesday was found alive in the marsh near Big Branch Tuesday evening, naked and covered in mud and marsh grass, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

At about noon on Tuesday, Margaret "Peggy" Reynier left a home she was visiting on Highway 190 in Lacombe on foot. She was reportedly walking to a home in the Lemieux Road/ Bremermann Road area.

At about 4:15, someone called 911 to report Reynier was missing, and members of the sheriff's Operations Division were called out to assist in the search.

While canvassing the area, deputies heard someone yelling for help. Searching on foot, they followed the sound until they found Reynier huddled on the ground, naked, disoriented and cold. She was about 300 yards into the marsh, searchers said.

Deputies gave her a jacket to wear and escorted her out of the marsh and back to Lemieux Road, where Fire District 4 personnel were waiting. She was taken to the Louisiana Heart Hospital for examination.

Deputies believe that Reynier became disoriented and followed a path at the end of Bremermann Road for about a half-mile. That path led into the marsh, where Reynier continued walking and became lost.

At some point, she shed her wet clothing and covered herself in mud and marsh grass to try keep warm.

It is not known if she remains hospitalized.

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