Neighbors, police help find missing elderly woman who fell into ravine

Posted at 2:48 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 20:25:20-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — From the moment Waurine Waters went missing in the middle of a sweltering Memorial Day weekend afternoon, her neighbors in Madison were determined to find the 95-year-old who nearly everyone calls a 'colorful character.'

On Sunday afternoon, as residents on Mansker Creek Road were firing up their grill to celebrate the holiday weekend, Waurine Waters' son discovered his mother had gone missing. Her front door was wide open and no one knew where the retired department store worker who loves gardening had disappeared to.

"We were all pretty scared," says Patty Wyatt who has lived next door to Ms. Waters for more than three decades.

On receiving word that Ms. Waters had gone missing, Patty and her neighbors quickly set out across the neighborhood doing an old fashioned door knock. One by one, residents abandoned their grills and weekend plans and started canvassing the neighborhood in search of Ms. Waters.

"I was just worried that maybe she had a stroke or a heart attack, she's a tiny lady and if she had fallen down no one would have seen her," Patty Wyatt recalls.

In the heat of the day, dozens of residents and Metro Police were on foot looking for the 95-year-old. After more than six hours, Metro Nashville Police Officer Nick Berens found Ms. Winter in a wooded area near her home. Police say she had fallen into a ravine near Mansker Creek which runs behind most of the homes here.

After talking to first responders she was taken to Skyline Medical Center where she remains in care as of Tuesday afternoon.

Her neighbors are simply grateful she was found.

"I'm just so happy that they found her."