Shelly McIntyre
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Missing woman located safe on Cape San Blas

Shelly McIntyre, 61, who went missing on Cape San Blas Thursday morning, was located safe by fishers in the T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park on Friday, about 24 hours after she was first reported missing.

According to Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison, the fishers heard McIntyre calling out and were able to locate her. They then contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Transportation Commission and transported McIntyre to Eagle Harbor, towards the south end of the park, where she received medical attention.

“She is from Georgia and was down here visiting her sister,” Harrison said. “She’s kind of new to the area. I think this was only her second time visit here, and she just probably wasn’t familiar with the terrain.

“And then, of course, with that lack of diabetes medication (for her severe diabetes), she became disoriented.”

Along with sheriff’s deputies, park employees, volunteers from South Gulf County Fire Rescue and workers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aided in the search for McIntyre. A helicopter equipped with infrared technology was loaned to searchers by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

Steve Sheridan, Peachy’s Beach Eats and several members of the Port St. Joe Strong Facebook group banded together to provide lunch for the search and rescue crews on Friday.

Harrison said McIntyre is currently in the emergency room receiving treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. Her family is with her at this time.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.