COLUMBIA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – New York State Police made a daring rescue of a Herkimer County woman in the Town of Columbia on Sunday, April 16.

Just before midnight on Sunday, April 16, police were called to a report of a suicidal female in the town of Columbia. After an interview of the 47-year-old female’s estranged boyfriend, it was discovered that the woman called him and told him she was going to kill herself by overdosing on medication.

Police were then able to locate her vehicle by using the male’s cell phone, which took officers to the Ilion Marina where they found discarded pill bottles. Troopers were then able to locate the woman by pinging her cell phone.  After several attempted phone calls, the male was able to connect with the female, who was incapacitated in a wooded area near the village of Ilion.

Officers then utilized a thermal-imaging drone, which located the subject in a swampy area near the village. Police then waded through the swamp and were able to reach the woman. The woman was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica for treatment and a mental health evaluation.