MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma — A 62-year-old woman has been located Thursday after she was reported missing more than a week ago.
Officials with the Muskogee Police Department told KTUL that Eileen Kay Springer was found early Thursday morning by a man driving on a rural road near Fort Gibson. She was located inside of the vehicle parked along the side of the road.
Springer was reported missing last Wednesday after she was last seen at a Homeland in Muskogee. She has stage four cancer and a lung condition that requires the use of an inhaler.
An officer with the Fort Gibson Police Department arrived on scene a short time after the first individual located her.
Springer told police she took a wrong turn going back to her daughter's house, where she recently moved. She wound up getting her car stuck in mud off Highway 62 near the Muskogee Turnpike. Her daughter told Channel 8 that Springer survived on tomatoes, fruit trays, and by catching rain water on shopping bags.
Officials stated that Springer was alert and talking when they took her to the hospital. Medical staff are treating her for dehydration and a kidney infection.
Springer's family is grateful to the community and the man that found her.
"We would very much like to meet you and thank you in person," said Springer's daughter Ricki Bateman.