Sheriff issues statement about finding Rice

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks issued a statement this morning concerning the finding Thursday afternoon of Kirsten Rice.

Meeks indicated his office launched a third search in the Campbell area in an attempt to locate Rice who left her residence earlier in the week.

The search involved law enforcement officers from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Constable Terry Jones and his deputies and Constable Doc Pierce from Commerce, manpower K9 teams from Lone Star Search and Rescue, Mark 9 K9, as well as the Northeast Texas Child Abduction Response Team, East Texas Regional CERT Team and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice search dogs.

The search grid with the K9 teams concentrated on an area to the north of her residence. During the search a resident in the 1600 Block of County Road 4208 called the Sheriff’s Office and stated they believed Rice was on their property. A deputy was dispatched to the location and verified that the female with the homeowner was Rice, who was transported to the emergency room in Commerce for medical evaluation as a precaution.

“I am so glad that Kirsten is safe and I am grateful to the family that found her and called us,” Meeks said. “We had a lot of manpower out looking for her and were determined to do everything we could and use every asset we had available to find her safe. I want to thank all the officers and volunteers that gave their time to assist in this case.”

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