Rescue teams end 2-day search & rescue effort for missing Bledsoe Co. woman

Crews have deployed drones and dog teams as they continue to search on foot. (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE (Wednesday night):

Bledsoe County Rescue Squad Lieutenant Corey Summers confirms the 2-day search & rescue effort for Stephanie Tyson has been terminated.

Summers says the search was shut down due to lack of evidence that Tyson is still in the area.

The case has been turned over to the Bledsoe County Sheriff's Department.

If you have seen Stephanie Tyson, please call the Bledsoe County Sheriff's Department at 423-447-2197.

Depend on us to keep you posted.


UPDATE (Wednesday afternoon):

Bledsoe County Rescue Squad Lieutenant Corey Summers says as soon as they turned over the search to deputies Wednesday afternoon, they received a ping from a phone in an area just outside the established search area.

The search for Stephanie Tyson, missing since Saturday, has resumed with a NASAR dog team, STARS drone team and search crews.



PREVIOUSLY (Wednesday afternoon):

Bledsoe County Rescue Squad Lieutenant Corey Summers says the organization has completed their search Wednesday, and have turned over the case to the Bledsoe County Sheriff's Department.

Summers says they have so far been unable to find any new tracks Wednesday.

The search for Stephanie Tyson is ongoing.


UPDATE (Wednesday morning):

The Bledsoe County Rescue Squad says on Facebook that the "main search" concluded for the night Tuesday night, but will resume Wednesday morning.

The post says the STARS team continues to conduct drone operations and a few responders are still on the scene.

The search resumes with daylight Wednesday morning. Depend on us to keep you posted.


UPDATE:

The Bledsoe County Rescue Squad (BCRS) has identified the woman at the center of a massive search effort near the Bledsoe/Rhea County lines Tuesday.

Officers believe 65-year-old Stephanie Tyson wandered away on foot on the farm. The search area includes a couple hundred acres of land.

BCRS Lieutenant Corey Summers says they discovered tracks in the area, but they have not yet found Tyson.

"Seems like she's giving us loop-the-loops," says Summers, "I'm not sure what her intentions were. No possible direction of travel or intent at this time."

Summers says the lack of cell towers in the area has made it difficult to track Tyson's cell phone.

Crews have deployed drones and dog teams as they continue the search on foot.

Summers says the family searched for two or three days before notifying police.

Depend on us to keep you posted as we learn more.


PREVIOUSLY:

Emergency crews are carrying out a search and rescue operation for a missing woman near the Bledsoe & Rhea County lines Tuesday afternoon.

The Bledsoe County Rescue Squad confirms they are searching the area around 1963 Brayton Road.

The Bledsoe County Rescue Squad says they are searching for a 65-year-old woman missing since Saturday.

Authorities say the woman's family reported her missing. Her car is parked on the scene, and they believe she walked off on foot.

Bledsoe County Rescue, the Sheriff's Office, EMS, EMA, and Brayton Fire Department are scouring the area.

Bledsoe has also called for help from Rhea and Sequatchie County volunteers.

Authorities have not yet identified the missing woman.

NewsChannel 9 has a crew on the scene gathering information.


Depend on us to update this story as we learn more.

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