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Deputies rescue homeless woman found living in culvert

Deputies in the process of rescuing homeless woman.

Sheriff’s deputies, including specially trained members of the Sheriff’s Department’s Mental Evaluation Team, rescued a homeless woman found huddled in a culvert on Wednesday.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to concerns of residents worried about the well-being of a woman suspected of suffering from mental illness.

The woman, believed to be in her 30s, had been homeless and off of her medications for the last few months, Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station, posted on the station’s social media page Thursday

“(They) finally found her, and she’s getting help,” she wrote. “Our Mental Evaluation Team deputy and clinician were notified by residents of a local homeless woman suspected to be suffering from mental illness who was reportedly in poor health and emaciated.

“The MET was finally able to locate her Wednesday afternoon in an area off of Sierra Highway in Canyon Country, where she was found living among culverts on the ground. The deputy and clinician made contact with her and expressed their desire to help her,” Miller wrote. “Although initially reluctant, she accepted the offer, and MET transported her to a medical treatment center that will best suit her needs.”

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