Madison County

Missing Ashland woman found alive in car partially in Kentucky River

A missing Ashland woman was found alive Saturday with her vehicle partially in the Kentucky River, Madison County Deputy Sheriff Willard Reardon said in a news release.

Tina Johnson's family had reported her missing to Ashland police when Johnson had not returned home.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Madison County deputies went to Poosey Ridge Road in western Madison County to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Deputies were told that a vehicle had been seen traveling down Hunters Ferry Road past a point where the road was no longer maintained, and that the vehicle had not returned.

Deputies Tyler Cole and Stacey Cummins drove to a point that was no longer drivable and walked a mile to the Kentucky River. They searched the area and eventually found a red 2003 Honda SUV that had gone over a 30-foot embankment and was partially in the river.

The deputies discovered Johnson in the vehicle.

Johnson was transported to Baptist Health Richmond, where she was treated. Johnson told deputies at the hospital that she had been looking for Interstate 64 and hadn't been down that road before. She also appeared to not understand that she had been removed from the vehicle in the river.

Personnel from Madison County EMS, Madison County Rescue Squad, Kirksville Volunteer Fire Department and the Madison County Fire Department helped to rescue Johnson.