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UPDATE: Missing Vernon woman found suffering from hypothermia

Akiko Akeda, 89, who went missing in the early morning hours of Friday, March 7, 2016, was found by volunteers with Vernon Search and Rescue.
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March 07, 2016 - 8:43 AM

VERNON - An elderly woman reported missing early this morning in Vernon is receiving medical treatment after being found outside a local car dealership.

Akiko Akeda, 89, was last seen around 12:10 a.m. on March 7 after she walked away from a care facility in the 4700-block of 23 Avenue, Sgt. Tory Romailler says in a media release issued early Monday morning.

Hours later, Vernon Search and Rescue confirmed Akeda was found suffering from hypothermia. Spokesperson Leigh Pearson says in a media release she was transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital by ambulance.

Seventeen members of Vernon SAR responded to the request from police to assist in the search about 2 a.m. Monday.

A car dealership employee was the first to find Akeda in a car lot around 7 a.m. and called 911. 

To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 8:36 a.m., Monday, March 7, 2016 to say Akeda was located.

— This story was updated at 1 p.m. to correct that Akeda was found by a car dealership employee. 

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