Richardson said Officer Tim Walter found 46-year-old Deborah Anne Lane in an abandoned bingo hall located off Exit 46 in Carbon Hill. Lane was reportedly missing for approximately four to five days from her home in Memphis, Tenn.
“She was actually in a vehicle in Jasper. The vehicle broke down, and she hitchhiked to Carbon Hill,” Richardson said.
When asked how Lane gained access to the vacant building, Richardson said vandals had broken into the facility about two months ago and busted down the doors. While Walter was on his patrol around 1 to 2 a.m. Thursday, he shined his spotlight into the building and noticed movement.
Richardson also said when Walter found Lane, she was soaking wet and had been covering herself in insulation to stay warm.
Regional Paramedical Services was on the scene and offered Lane medical treatment, which she refused. Richardson said she acted “confused and weirded out.”
“We couldn’t get anything out of her,” Richardson said. “She would just say, ‘I want to go back home.’”
The police officers then contacted the Memphis Police Department, which was able to get in touch with the woman’s family. Lane was taken to a hotel in Jasper where she stayed until family members arrived and took her back to Tennessee.
Walter was recently hired as an officer in Carbon Hill and has been with the department for almost a month.
“Officer Tim Walter is doing a great job,” Richardson said. “He’s shining right now.”