HASTINGS, Minn. -- A Hastings woman missing since mid-December was located safe and sound in Oklahoma on Saturday.
Nikole Sherry, 24, was found by officers in Marlow, Okla.
Sherry had gone missing after leaving Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Dec. 18, 2012. She had snuck out of the facility against doctor’s wishes and had vanished.
Between then and now, Sherry had apparently been “traveling” and “drifting,” Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell said.
“She told officers she just needed a break,” he said.
When officers in Oklahoma made contact with Sherry and put her into the computer system there, she popped up as a missing person.
Sherry had been in Oklahoma for about a month, staying with a man who said he didn’t know she was a missing person.
Arrangements are being made by family members for her to be brought back to Minnesota.