Weatherford Democrat

June 19, 2013

Missing Springtown woman found in Azle


Weatherford Democrat

— From Staff Reports

AZLE – A Springtown woman who went missing overnight Monday into Tuesday morning was found alive early Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area near Eagle Mountain Lake.

Donna Johnstone, 61, apparently became disoriented and was unable to find her way home from a doctor’s appointment Monday. She abandoned her car and spent the night in tall brush, apparently during a reported 2-inch rainstorm in the area.

She was found about 1 p.m. and was checked by medics.

Azle police with help from the Azle Fire Department, Briar VFD, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, TRWD police and watercraft and Search One Rescue took part in a search of woods east of both North and South Ash Avenue to Eagle Mountain Lake. There was also a house-to-house search conducted.

According to a family spokesperson, Johnstone possibly suffered from the effects of medication and was confused and disoriented when family members last spoke to her on her cell phone shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday.

“She was going to a doctor’s appointment in Dallas (Monday) morning, but somehow wound up in Mineral Wells,” the man said. “They changed her appointment to 1 p.m., and she made it there. But a nurse noticed her tinkering around her car for almost an hour after her appointment.”

Later in the day, Johnstone still had not returned to Springtown. From her cell phone, Johnstone said she could read a street sign at the corner of Lakeview Drive and Broadway Avenue. Springtown police were able to “ping” Johnstone’s telephone, and it showed she was in that area, as well.

Azle police discovered Johnstone’s car parked in the driveway on Broadway Avenue, but Johnstone was nowhere to be found.

A family spokesperson said Johnstone had surgery about 10 days ago, and he feared a pain pump and additional medications have left her confused and disoriented. He said she had not previously shown signs or symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.