ALPHARETTA | Woman found dead after storms

7:51 AM, Mar 5, 2012   |    comments
Patricia Barnett's body was found in this creek.
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The death of an Alpharetta woman is being blamed on a wave of violent storms that swept through metro Atlanta late Friday night.

City officials say at the height of the severe weather, a man called 911 reporting that his 83-year-old wife Patricia Barnett was missing.

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The last time he spoke to her she told him she was taking shelter in a closet because of the threat of tornadoes.

Alpharetta Police went to the area around their home to try and find her. They traced her cellular phone and contacted local hospitals but she was nowhere to be found, and so police ended their search for the night.

Alpharetta officials requested a Mattie's Call from the GBI before returning to the area near where she was last seen. at daybreak Saturday.

A party of 25 police and fire personnel searched the area and eventually found the still unidentified woman dead in a creek not far from her home.

Investigators say she may have tried to climb in a drain pipe to try and take cover from the inclement weather.

Officials will carry out an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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