WILLCOX — After a more than 12-hour search, authorities found a local woman who had gone missing.

At roughly 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, Willcox Director of Public Security Dale Hadfield contacted the Range News to say that Armida Soto-Tebaqu, 67, had been found walking alongside I-10, near milepost 350. Hadfield labeled her condition as slightly dehydrated but otherwise fine.

Soto-Tebaqu had apparently walked 10 miles across the desert, when someone saw her walking and called the police.

The Willcox Police Department issued a press release Friday morning reporting that the missing woman was labeled a vulnerable and missing adult individual.

Prior to her disappearance, she was last seen walking on West Rex Allen Drive and was within the Willcox city limits. According to the press release, she takes medication daily. She had gone to a doctor’s appointment in Willcox and left her belongings and purse in her car prior to walking away from her doctor’s appointment at roughly 8 a.m.

“We have Search and Rescue on the way. They have a tracking, trailing hound coming to scent articles and see if they can scent track her,” Hadfield said Friday prior to Soto-Tebaqu’s recovery.

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