UPDATE: Missing Iowa City woman found alive in Johnson County farm field

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Iowa City Police said a woman missing from a mental health facility has been found alive in a Johnson County farm field.

According to a news release, a farmer called the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center about 7:20 p.m. Monday reporting he had found a female in a farm field.

Authorities responded and identified her as 35-year-old Vanessa Jones, the missing Chatham Oaks resident.

Medical personnel took Jones to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.

An erroneous emergency alert about the same time Jones was found. The alert was supposed to be an update on the search for Jones, but instead stated a “civil emergency in this area until 8:45 PM EDT Take Shelter Now Polk-County."
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Iowa City Police said eight agencies continue the search for a woman they said walked away from a mental health facility Sunday.

Police said the search has included more than 50 people and various specialized equipment, but has not turned up any sign of the woman.

Police said around 5:30 p.m. 35-year-old Vanessa Jones left Chatham Oaks at 4515 Melrose Avenue and walked to the west before entering a field to the south.

Jones is described as having brown hair, green eyes, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, and weighing about 160 pounds. She was last seen wearing a red sweater, pants, and pink Crocs sandals.

Chatham Oaks is a treatment residence for individuals with chronic mental illness.

Police are asking residents of Johnson and surrounding counties to check their property and buildings.

If you know where Jones is, call the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center at (319) 356-6800.