Missing person found safe in rural Grant
By Tim Linscott
The Perkins County Sheriff’s office responded to a call Monday afternoon in regard to a missing person.
At 2:05 p.m. on Monday, April 28, Darlene Hastings, 59, and husband Dennis were working in an area northwest of County Roads 751 and 321. Darlene Hastings walked away from the area and sheriff’s reports indicate that Dennis lost sight of her and began searching for three hours.
Perkins County Sheriff Jim Brueggeman indicated that he and deputies responded to the call at 5:19 p.m. and began searching the immediate area. The Nebraska State Patrol aircraft support was called in at 6:30 p.m. and the Grant Fire Department helped with conducting the ground search for Hastings.
A CodeRed call was issued at 7:15 p.m. for an area south of Highway 23 to the Perkins, Chase County line and from Grant to the Colorado state line.
The air search was discontinued due to the weather and around 11 p.m. the ground search was also called off due to visibility and weather conditions.
At 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, parties began gathering to continue to search for Hastings. At 6 a.m. a private airplane helping conduct the air search and the ground crews were joined by the Kuenning family of Ogallala, owners of the land. Four-wheelers were implemented in the search and around 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning a passer-by spotted Hastings in the vicinity of Roads 758 and 324.
“Hastings was cold, wet and had been out in the weather all night,” Brueggeman said, noting that she was transported by Perkins County Ambulance to Perkins County Health Services where she was being held for observation as of press time Tuesday.
A group effort was culled for the search of a fellow county citizen.
“I want to publicly extend my thanks on behalf of the Perkins County Sheriff’s Office to everyone involved in the search effort, including Dennis Hastings and family, Jerry Kuenning and family, Cecil Hendricks and family, the citizens who responded to the CodeRed call, the Grant Volunteer Fire Department, the Nebraska State Patrol and the law enforcement and communication personnel of my office,” Brueggeman said.