Woman last seen leaving Hickory hospital found safe

Woman last seen leaving Hickory hospital found safe

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - A 26-year-old woman who was last seen leaving a hospital in Hickory has been found safe.

Hickory police say Summer Eckert was last seen walking away from the Catawba Valley Medical Center on Fairgrove Church Road SW around 12 a.m. Tuesday.

On Friday morning, Hickory police said Eckert was "located safely."

According to a release, Eckert was in desperate need of medication. She is described as being around 5'3" and 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  Police say she was last seen wearing a black leather coat, dark blue knit wool sweater, a black "Kiss" T-shirt, faded blue jeans, and tan shoes. She was also carrying a light green purse.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or Investigator Hudson at 828-261-2620,

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