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December 7, 2006

Missing Woman Located after Search

CONCORD, N.H. -- An Albany woman, missing since yesterday evening (December 6, 2007), was located safely this morning when she turned on her cell phone and called home. Nancy Coates, age 40, of Valladres Road in Albany, had left home on foot about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, without telling her family where she was going. Her teenage son became concerned when she did not return and contacted New Hampshire State Police. Throughout the night, New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers and N.H. State Police, including a canine team, searched woodlands near the woman's home and the shoreline of a nearby pond.

Meanwhile, Coates had been walking along roads in nearby Conway, and, at approximately 8 a.m. on December 7, she turned her cell phone on and contacted her son at home. Officials dispatched an ambulance to her location, and she was given a ride home.

"Though it was not her intention, not telling her son where she was going caused him a great deal of concern," said Conservation Officer Brian Abrams of New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement. "With winter weather here, the risk of exposure is a serious matter. It's important to always let someone know your whereabouts. Otherwise, situations can result in worry for your loved ones and search efforts that could be avoided."

No further information is available at this time.


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