Man on horseback says 'the Lord' helped him find missing Rice County woman

RICE COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) The Rice County Sheriff's Office says 87-year-old Vonita Renae Colle has been found safe.

Garry Battey, 76, says he was out riding his horse when he found 87-year-old Vonita Renae Colle who has dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

He lives about a third of a mile west of Colle and says the Lord told him where to go.

"I had a feeling I needed to get my horse so I went and got this goofy horse and I come out for some reason I think God sent me the direction I went and I found her," said Battey.

The Kansas Highway Patrol launched its plane, K9s were brought in and even the Texas EquuSearch Kansas Chapter joined in the search to find Colle.

Battey says he went to church to pray for Colle, and he says that's when the Lord stepped in.

"Why the planes couldn't find her I have no idea, but it was all God's work as far as I'm concerned," he said.


The Rice County Sheriff's Office is looking for 87-year-old Vonita Renae Colle.

She was reported missing from her home in the 2400 block of Avenue X in Sterling, Monday

Authorities say she has dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

She is 5'5" tall and weighs around 115 pounds. She has silver hair and blue eyes and she is missing her front top two teeth.

She was last seen wearing men's black pants, a red collared undershirt, a black t-shirt, navy sweatshirt and green tennis shoes.

The Rice County Sheriff's Office believes she may be on foot.

Anyone who's seen her or knows where she might be is asked to contact the Rice County Sheriff’s Office at 620-257-2363