Authorities Find Doreen Marie O’Connor, Feared Suicidal, After Search
FlaglerLive | March 8, 2016
Last Updated: 6:45 p.m.
Update: The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office posted the following at its Facebook, page:
FCSO deputies, correctional K-9 officers and a 7-year-old bloodhound named Wyatt, saved the life of a woman reported missing and suicidal today. Doreen Marie O’Connor was found unconscious in woods at Waterfront Park in Palm Coast. She was transported to Florida Hospital Flagler.
Worried co-workers and her family members alerted the Sheriff’s Office after receiving text messages from O’Connor that impllied she wanted to end her life. Using OnStar electronic satellite system, deputies tracked her car to Waterfront Park off Colbert Lane. K-9 officers used pieces of her clothing found in the vehicle to give Wyatt her scent.
The K-9 officers, from Tomoka Correctional Institute in Daytona Beach and Marion County, and deputies searched in an area about 100 feet from the entrance of the park.
A male transient told deputies that a woman fitting O’Connor’s description had asked him for directions this morning. Deputies estimate O’Connor had been there since 10:30 this morning.
It only took about 30 minutes before Wyatt reacted and tracked her scent to find O’Connor unconscious shortly before 2 p.m. today. Paramedics rushed to the scene, driving their vehicles through brush to reach her and transport her to the hospital. Sgt. Mark Tarntino, who runs the K-9 program at Tomoka Correctional Institute, and handles Wyatt, said today was Wyatt’s 38th “confirmed catch,” or location of someone missing.
Though searches for missing people don’t always end happily, today’s search and rescue did and some of the K-9 officers at the scene fist-bumped each other at the news that they saved O’Connor’s life. Commanders at the scene said the woman “would have died” if the rescuers hadn’t found her when they did.
As the deputies and officers cleared the scene, Sgt. Phil Reynolds took time to go to McDonald’s to buy a meal for the transient man who helped point the way to the unconscious woman.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for a woman who has made suicidal comments to her family.
“We are searching the area near Waterfront Park off Colbert Lane and moving toward Grand Haven subdivision, using K-9 officers from Tomoka Correctional Institute and Flagler County’s FireFlight helicopter,” a sheriff’s spokesperson said in an email.
The woman is identified as Doreen Marie O’Connor, 50, described as 5’4’’, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
If anyone finds her, please do not approach her but call 911 and report to law enforcement.