PLANO, Texas — A Plano woman who vanished from her home on Friday afternoon was found alive Sunday evening on the grounds of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Plano police confirmed the discovery of 47-year-old Janice Klein by airport police, who found her in a bathroom around 5 p.m., severely dehydrated. She was taken to an unnamed hospital for treatment.
After Klein arrived at the medical facility, she was tentatively identified from media reports as the missing woman.
"They notified Plano police about three or four hours later, after seeing the news," Plano police spokesman Officer Andrae Smith told reporters at a news conference early Monday morning. "Plano police sent some detectives down to this hospital and located this individual."
Investigators described Klein as disoriented and dehydrated, but with no signs of trauma and no evidence that she had been the victim of crime.
"At this moment, we do know that she is somewhat incoherent. we're hoping that by daylight she's gotten some rest, she's gotten some treatment from medical staff, we'll be able to sit down and talk with her," Smith said.
Klein's family was notified about the discovery, and family friend Mark Balda said they are excited.
"All I hear is, she's exhausted... very leery... and doesn't know what's going on, but she's safe," Balda said. "She seems to be recouping fine, but she needs to get a good night's rest."
Klein was said to have disappeared on Friday without her wallet, car keys or a cell phone. It was not immediately clear how she traveled the 25 miles between her home and D/FW Airport, nor was it explained where she had been over the two-and-a-half day span.
"We are going to continue to look at all aspects of her disappearance and try to determine why, in fact, she did leave, and why she separated herself so far from the city," Smith said.
Balda said it was out of character for the "technology-oriented" Klein to leave the house without her phone or her keys.
Hundreds of people volunteered to search for Klein over the weekend, and her family had offered a $10,000 reward for information.
Smith said he was "elated" that their search had not been in vain.
"I'm hoping that for those individuals who spent tireless hours out here in 100-degree weather for the last two days, that when they learn of this from you guys right now that they're elated," he said. "We understand that a lot of prayers have been answered.
"I don't think in my 19 years of law enforcement I've seen a community rally as as they have in this event."
He added that the police department is assembling a list of individuals and organizations that helped in the search effort so they can be recognized.
"I've never seen a community come together so quickly," said family friend Andrea Balda. "This prayer has been answered, and it's been a miracle."