Barton County Communications and responders were kept busy for more than two hours early Wednesday, after a 24-year-old woman called 911 from her cell phone and said something that sounded like "I am hurt."
Eventually it was determined that the woman was safe with a family member, and had called 911 because her dog was lost, Undersheriff Larry Holliday said.
She called 911 at 12:07 a.m. Wednesday. Her words were unclear and the dispatcher suspected the caller might have a hearing impairment. She did not respond to questions, and an attempted callback three minutes later was unsuccessful because the phone did not accept incoming calls.
Verizon Wireless was contacted and identified the phone owner at a T-Mobile subscriber.
T-Mobile advised the phone was "roaming" and not traceable, but identified the phone’s owner, a 24-year-old woman from Naperville, Ill.
Using coordinates off of the cell phone, the Barton County Sheriff’s Office searched the northeast part of the county. Kansas Highway Patrol and Ellsworth County officers were also alerted. Rice County and the Claflin Fire Department/Ambulance officials joined in the search, Holliday said.
Communications learned from the Naperville Police Department that the woman was hearing impaired. From Facebook it was determined she has relatives in Bushton. Although her phone didn’t accept incoming calls, sending her a text message at 1:28 a.m. did work. She sent a text back explaining she was visiting a relative in Bushton and had lost her dog, but was OK. She would not give her address but agreed to have her relative call the Communications Center.
Sometime after 2:25 a.m., 911 contacted a family member.