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December 3, 2012
St. Lucie County Sheriff's K-9 team finds missing/endangered Fort Pierce woman
Fort Pierce - St. Lucie County Sheriff's K-9 handler, Master Deputy Kevin Lindstadt, and his partner K-9 Ivan found a missing/endangered Fort Pierce woman Thursday afternoon, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"Not only do our K-9s detect drugs and explosives and help apprehend criminals, they also find people who have become lost or disoriented," Sheriff Mascara said. "In Thursday's case, Master Deputy Lindstadt and K-9 Ivan, a Belgian Malinois, found a disoriented woman reported missing to Fort Pierce police last Wednesday."
A family member of 44-year-old Caryn Elizabeth Bishop, of 55 Manor Drive, Fort Pierce, reported to Fort Pierce police last Thursday that Ms. Bishop had last been seen two days earlier. She was reported to have psychological and medical issues.
Fort Pierce police sent area law enforcement agencies a bulletin with details of the woman's disappearance and the make, model and color of her car. Sheriff's Office supervisors read the bulletin at agency roll calls to begin patrol shifts last Thursday.
Last Thursday afternoon, Deputy Ronald Stickney found a green Nissan Sentra sedan parked at 305 Torpey Road in St. Lucie Village, north and east of Fort Pierce. From running the license tag number through a computerized database, he learned that it belonged to Ms. Bishop and that she had been reported missing and endangered.
The Sheriff's Office notified the Fort Pierce Police Department which took custody of the car.
Master Deputy Lindstadt and K-9 Ivan were dispatched to the scene and began a search of the area. They found Ms. Bishop a quarter-mile to the east of the car, shivering and disoriented in the woods.
St. Lucie County fire-rescue paramedics were called to the scene to provide medical assistance.