Missing Sarasota half marathoner found

Deputies say this photo of Kitcher was taken Sunday morning just before the marathon.
Deputies say this photo of Kitcher was taken Sunday morning just before the marathon.

- The half-marathoner reported missing Sunday was found safe nearly 12 hours later, after reportedly taking a wrong turn.

Sarasota Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Carlton Reserve for a report of a missing person. According to detectives, 37-year-old Melissa A. Kitcher was last seen at 8 o'clock Sunday morning where she was to take part in the Trail Hog Half-Marathon. 

Deputies say it appears Kitcher never finished the race. She was located at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The organizer of the marathon told the Herald-Tribune that Kitcher "took a wrong turn." 


 

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