A woman who walked away from a Pulaski County group home Sunday was found safe Monday night.
Salena Clark, 24, was reported missing at 4:07 p.m., Sunday, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
She was found about 9 p.m. Monday lying under an oak tree beside a field about a mile and a half from the group home.
Clark was taken to a hospital but was expected to be fine, said Paul Coomer, chief of the Somerset-Pulaski County Rescue Squad.
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Authorities and volunteers searched for Clark on Sunday and all day Monday, looking along roadways and in adjacent fields and woods, and did an extensive search from the air, Coomer said.
He said a rescue squad member who had been sent to search some ponds in the area heard Clark yelling and found her. After she was found, Coomer said Clark told her rescuers she was thirsty.
Thirty minutes or so might have passed between when Clark left the home on Ky. 635 and was reported missing on Sunday, Coomer said.
Authorities checked several possible sightings of Clark on Monday, but none panned out before she was found.
Clark lived at a home in a rural area of the county operated by Independent Opportunities. The company operates facilities under contract with the state for people who are mentally retarded or have developmental disabilities.
Clark has diminished mental capacity, according to a news release issued after she went missing.
Wayne Harvey, chief operating officer of the company, did not immediately return a message late Monday afternoon.
The home where Clark lived would have had a maximum of three residents and a staff person on duty at all times, said Gwenda Bond, a spokeswoman for the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Dan Karriker, assistant chief of the rescue squad, said he understood that Clark had walked away from the home two or three times before.
It's possible she was mad Sunday because a new caretaker was on duty, Coomer said.
Clark's deceased parents are buried in Florida, and she had talked of going there to see the graves, Coomer said.
She left the group home with no purse and no extra clothes.