UPDATE: Missing Plainfield woman found safe

Photo of Michelle Smith, missing since January 21, 2019

PLAINFIELD, Ind. —A missing Plainfield woman was found safe after an intense search by authorities Monday morning.

The search for 51-year-old Michelle Smith began around 12:45 a.m. when she was reported missing by her family. She had been missing several hours at that point, according to a Plainfield Police spokeswoman.

Her family told police she is mentally-challenged and wears hearing aids, although they were unsure if she had her hearing aids.

Police used two search drones and an Indiana State Police helicopter for aerial support while firefighters and police conduct the ground search.

She was found sitting on a curb by someone passing through the area around 4:30 a.m.

Someone took the woman home, and she is being checked out by medics.

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