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Woman recovering after she was pulled from the James River in Amherst County, deputies say

A woman is recovering in the hospital after a swift-water rescue in the James River.

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. – A woman is recovering after she was pulled from the James River early Tuesday morning, according to the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said they got a phone call about a missing woman just after 8 p.m. on Monday. Deputies found the woman’s car in the area of Monacan Park around 8:18 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The woman was found at about 4 a.m. Tuesday after air, water and ground searches by several agencies, deputies said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, she was in stable condition and is currently being treated at Lynchburg General Hospital.

Capt. Juette Renalds said they’re not releasing a lot of information at this time, as it’s an ongoing investigation, but he described the plan they have in place for a situation like this.

“We get the information, initially talk to different people that know the person that we’re looking for, develop information, and then bring in the resources that we need,” said Renalds.

Those resources include Virginia State Police, Lynchburg Police and the Campbell County K-9 unit, which led them to the woman in the water.

“Based on some of the things the bloodhound found, [that] led us to further our investigation.”


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Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.