For Immediate Release
PR #:2000055
Date Issued:May 16, 2020 - 10:22am

Washoe County Sheriff's Office RAVEN Unit assists Lyon County Sheriff's Office in finding missing elderly woman

CONTACT:Sarah Johns
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV. 89512
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

A 74-year-old woman is back home with her family after an extensive search which began Friday, May 15, 2020 and lasted into the overnight hours.

The Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit (RAVEN) was called to assist Lyon County Sheriff’s Office deputies around 9 p.m. to help locate the Silver Springs woman who had been missing six hours. Due to ongoing medical issues, the woman’s family was very concerned about her welfare.

Using Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) technology RAVEN located the woman alive, lying in the middle of a road around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16th. RAVEN guided Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue teams to the woman.

Lyon County Sheriff Office deputies returned the woman home to her family. Any further questions regarding this rescue should be directed to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

Pictures: Images from RAVEN’s FLIR technology of the moment a woman was found in Lyon County and of Lyon County Sheriff’s Office deputies with the woman after RAVEN guided them to her.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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