Two days after she went missing, Cora Roseborough was found Thursday in a western Mecklenburg creek – shivering, caked in mud, but alive.
The 73-year-old was flown by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center around 6:30 p.m.
Authorities said she was responsive and talking to them when they found her off Belmeade Drive, which intersects Moores Chapel Road west of Interstate 485.
Police, firefighters and Roseborough's family had been searching for her since she disappeared Tuesday around 2:30 p.m. Family members warned police that Roseborough is very mobile and capable of walking quickly for a 73-year-old. Authorities said she has dementia and was in need of medication. They asked west Charlotte residents to be on the lookout.
Roseborough was found about a mile away from her home, on land that belongs to Parish Goode's family.
The Goodes had been gone all week and returned home from a Myrtle Beach vacation around 2 p.m. Thursday. Goode said he saw people searching, and they told him that Roseborough had been missing and that they'd found her shoes earlier that day.
So Goode changed clothes and joined the search.
Goode said he hunts deer on the acres behind his house and knows the property where he's lived for 16 years better than anyone.
A sweatshirt Roseborough had been wearing was found on Goode's land. Goode didn't know if she was still alive after two days outside.
“I was praying. I said ‘Lord, don't let me find something that I don't want to find,' ” Goode said.
He and three police officers found Roseborough a few minutes later.
They took her out of the water and radioed for firefighters to come. A helicopter landed shortly afterward, ending the two-day search that had grown emotional for some rescuers.
“If it was my 73-year-old grandma ...” said Rob Webster, one of the officers who found her. “I'm just glad it turned out OK.”