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Missing Gravel Switch woman found deceased

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She was found in her car approximately three miles from her home

By The Staff

Patricia Ann Moddrelle, 78, of Gravel Switch was found deceased around 5 p.m. Wednesday, according the Kentucky State Police. She was found approximately three miles from her home in a dry creek bed off of Kentucky Highway 243.

According to the state police, Moddrelle had driven off the road and into a heavily wooded area, and the police found no evidence that she took action to avoid the incident. At the scene, Boyle County Coroner Dr. Don Hammer pronounced Moddrelle had died of natural causes.

Moddrelle, who lived in Casey County near Penn's Store, was scheduled to have a doctor's appointment at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Family members reported her missing after she failed to make her appointment and they could not reach her.

The state police conducted searches by helicopter Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. On Wednesday, a ground search was initiated. 

Emergency personnel from Boyle, Casey and Marion counties were traveling to Penn's Store when they received a report that Moddrelle had been found, Marion County Deputy Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson said.

Moddrelle was found by family and friends who were walking beside the road, Johnson said. Because of where her vehicle was located, it hadn't been visible to the police helicopter or from the road, Johnson said.

Johnson said emergency personnel from all three counties were involved because Moddrelle was from Casey County, had an appointment in Boyle County and had she been a half-mile further down the road, she would have been in Marion County.