Body of missing Richland County woman found

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The Richland County Sheriff’s Department reports that the body of a missing Orion Township woman has been located.

Gail Stone, 79 of rural Muscoda, has been the subject of a missing persons search since early Friday afternoon.

The incident began Friday when a vehicle registered to Stone was located in a wooded area off Harry’s Lane in Orion Township. The caretaker of the property located the vehicle and notified authorities.

After identifying the owner of the vehicle, a deputy traveled to the owners address but didn’t locate anyone there. More efforts to locate the owner were not successful.

On Saturday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Dept. was notified that the owner of the vehicle suffered from Alzheimer’s and had not been seen since Tuesday afternoon.

On Sunday morning a large scale search was organized involving Sheriff’s Deputies, members of several local fire departments including Muscoda, Lone Rock, Richland Center and Blue River and Richland County Emergency Management.

Within 45 minutes of starting the search, Gail Stone was located in a ravine in the southern part of the property. A Richland County Coroner pronounced her dead at the scene.

The death is not believed to be suspicious at this time, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. An autopsy has yet to be scheduled.

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