Missing Indio Woman Found Alive

A 62-year-old Indio woman who had been missing since Sunday morning was found Tuesday in a dirt field northwest of the Sun City Shadow Hills retirement community where she lives, police said.

Officers located Gail Barboza Tuesday morning near Avenue 38 and Madison Street, Indio Police Department spokesman Ben Guitron said.

“Barboza was found sitting down in bushes and was severely dehydrated with other heat-related issues,” he said.

Paramedics took Barboza to a local hospital for treatment, and her condition was described as “stable,” Guitron said.

Barboza was reported missing from her home in the Sun City Shadow Hills community by her family around 9 a.m. Sunday. She was considered an at- risk missing person due to an unspecified medical condition.

“We are very glad to have found her alive and reunited with her family,” Guitron said.

Riverside County sheriff’s deputies, Cal Fire firefighters, Border Patrol agents and California Highway Patrol officers assisted Indio police officers in the search, prompting Guitron to thank those agencies for “their labor intensive strategic teamwork that helped us find Mrs. Gail Barboza.”

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