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Missing Hancock woman found alive

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Connie Beyer of Hancock, Minn., walked back into a South Dakota truck stop where she had been abducted 24 hours earlier and after a massive search in the Fall River County of South Dakota.

Fall River County Sheriff Rich Mraz reported late Sunday afternoon that Beyer, 58, and her husband Lanny, 59, had stopped at the truck stop for fuel, at about 4 a.m. on Sunday. The couple have driven truck together for several years.

Connie left her purse in the truck and headed toward the truck stop.

According to family members, she was abducted outside the Coffee Cup and taken into nearby hills where she was robbed and thrown into a ravine. After managing to get out of the ravine and fighting freezing temperatures, Beyer walked back toward the roadway and the truck stop. At one point on Sunday afternoon she heard the search planes but was unable to get into a location where she could be seen.

Sunday afternoon teams of approximately 30 fire fighters, including two dogs, combed the area throughout the day, but turned up no sign of Beyer.

About 9 a.m. Monday morning. Beyer walked into the truck stop. She was taken to Fall River hosptial and transferred to Rapid City where she was treated for dehydration.

Agencies that assisted in this search were the Fall River Sheriff's Office, the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.