By Beth David, Editor
Ana Huggins, a Fairhaven resident who also owns Fairhaven Wellness on Huttleston Avenue with her husband Brian, was found on Tuesday after being missing for about 30 hours.
Mr. Huggins reported his wife missing at about 11:30 a.m. on Monday, telling police that she had left to walk the dog at about 7 a.m. Police obtained video of her walking on Pope Beach at the bottom of Manhattan Avenue, about a mile from her home on Raymond Street.
Police issued alerts to the public asking for help in searching for the 43 year old mother of two young children. First responders from all around the region, State Police, Coast Guard, Harbormasters, all converged on Fairhaven for the search.
Lt. Kevin Kobza, spokesperson for the Fairhaven Police Department said the search was by helicopter, boat and ATV along the whole shore of Fairhaven. Police asked for residents to check their surveillance cameras and their sheds, garages, and vehicles.
At about 3:20 p.m., Ms. Huggins walked out of the woods at the hurricane barrier, along the bike path near Egypt Lane. Lt. Kobza told press outlets that she had no apparent injuries. She was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital to make sure she was not suffering from hypothermia or frostbite.
The area had been searched the night before, he said, but it was not clear if she had been in that area when they searched.
“Many assets” were utilized, with the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC) Search and Rescue Unit activated for the search. Officials went door to door to ask for surveillance video, and to check out buildings near Pope Beach, where Ms. Huggins had last been seen.
“The Fairhaven Police Department would like to thank the many public safety partners from around the region who assisted in searching Monday and Tuesday, as well as members of the public who helped to share the information,” wrote the department in a press release.
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