UPDATE: Caddo deputies locate missing elderly woman. Family recounts the overnight scare.

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CADDO PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — Caddo deputies have located an elderly woman who has been missing since Tuesday afternoon.

According to CPSO, around 10 a.m. Wednesday 81-year-old Frances “Joann” Rolland was found about a mile from her home on Providence Rd. Extension.

Deputies were combing the area when they spotted Rolland in the brush. She appeared to be in good condition but her first request was water.

After Rolland was checked out by medics she returned home to her family. Her son said they stayed up all night looking for her.

“We were just really, really anxious. Almost 24 hours gone and at her age, we didn’t know what could have happened to her. So we’re so grateful they found her,” said Lance Rolland, her son.

Rolland told deputies that she went around the back of her property and got lost. She tried to find her way back but ended up spending the night in a deer stand.

The search for Rolland included K-9s, drones, community volunteers, and a rescue helicopter. Rolland said she could hear some of the activity but darkness kept rescuers and Rolland from seeing each other.

Once home, she was in good spirits and laughed with her family about the experience.

“I told her, mom, ‘you saw me two days ago, and I think since you saw me I’ve aged five years,” Rolland said.

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