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Missing woman who left Iowa City mental health facility located by authorities

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IOWA CITY — After more than 24 hours, with dozens of officers and several local agencies working in concert, a call from a Johnson County resident who had spotted a woman in their field ended what up to then had been a futile missing person search.

According to a media release from the City of Iowa City, Vanessa Jones, 35, who had been reported missing from Chatham Oaks on Sunday, was identified as the woman in the field by Johnson County Deputies who responded to the call at 7:18 Monday night. Medical personnel were on the scene and transported Jones to an area hospital, where she is now being evaluated and treated, according to the release.

Jones had been reported missing from Chatham Oaks, 4515 Melrose Ave., at 5:34 p.m. Sunday. Chatham Oaks is a treatment facility for individuals with chronic mental illness. 24-hours later, eight public safety agencies, including “over 50 personnel and various specialized equipment” had been committed to the search for Jones, but Iowa City Police said there was “no sign of her.” Authorities then put out a release asking area residents in Johnson and surrounding counties to check their property and buildings for Jones and call authorities if they spotted her.

Law enforcement officials extended thanks to community members who helped them in the search. According to the release, multiple agencies were involved in the search for Jones, including the Johnson County Sheriff, Iowa City Police, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa City Fire, Johnson County Emergency Communications, Johnson County Emergency Management, Iowa County Emergency Management, University of Iowa Police, Johnson County Conservation, Coralville Fire, Tiffin Fire, Oxford Fire and Iowa County Rescue.

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