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Missing Spring Hill woman is found

A missing Spring Hill woman was found walking on County Road 491 in Citrus County Monday.

A Citrus deputy drove Nancy Fales, 43, back to Hernando County, where she was later taken to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation, said Citrus sheriff's spokeswoman Gail Tierney.

The search for Fales began in earnest on Friday when the Hernando Sheriff's Office mounted, air and dog units scoured a densely wooded area just south of the Citrus County line on U.S. 19.

Fales' mother, Tina Corbett, reported her missing on Sept. 8 after she noticed that Fales' car was missing. Her belongings were still in the home they shared in Spring Hill.

Authorities found Fales' blue Honda Civic abandoned in the parking lot of The Rambo Inn, prompting a canvass of the area.

By Friday afternoon, deputies found Fales' pocketbook and credit cards in the woods, according to Hernando sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Donna Black.

The Hernando Sheriff's Office had received a report of a woman matching Fales' description walking in the area of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard with a blanket wrapped around her.

Authorities classified Fales as an endangered person and circulated her photograph when they learned that she had a history of running off and she did not drink or smoke. The search continued over the weekend.

Tierney said a deputy on patrol saw Fales walking on CR 491 in the area of Beverly Hills Boulevard about 10:07 a.m. Monday. She was unharmed.

According to Black, investigators will wait until she is evaluated to find out what happened.

Duane Bourne can be reached at (352) 754-6114 or dbournesptimes.com.

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