Family speaks out after missing woman Buchanan woman found

BUCHANAN — After a two-day search last weekend in southwest Michigan, a Buchanan woman was found safe Saturday. Elizabeth Drew’s husband, Sean Drew, has issued a statement thanking the community for its efforts.

“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you,” the statement reads. “Words cannot express our deep gratitude for the selfless and tireless work everyone contributed to safely locating Liz. The love and support from Buchanan and neighboring communities has been overwhelming and we are grateful.”

Elizabeth Drew was found safely near her home at approximately 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Search teams were activated after Sean woke up to Elizabeth missing from her Detroit Street home in Buchanan. Police alerted community members that Drew needed medication that she did not have with her.

Sean Drew, who is an attorney with Drew Law Office in Niles, thanked a list of people and agencies responsible for finding his wife, including Brett Coppins of the Coppins Investigative Group; the Buchanan police and fire departments, including Deputy Chief Ganus, officers Capron, Leonard, Bennett and Burnett; the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department including Sheriff Paul Bailey, Deputy Chief Boyd, Det. Sgt. Sean Soulard and Jamie Zeem; the Michigan State Police, including Mike Dawson and John Moor; Michiana Search Dogs; Bailiff/Maigstrate Cass County 4th District Court, Chris Rockafellow; Rich Ward; Mara Jessup; Gary Hay and Annie Shaeffer.

“More than 43 million Americans experience mental health issues in a given year, and nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness,” Sean Drew wrote in the statement. “There is no shame in dealing with and treating mental illness. Learning all you can about mental health is an important first step.

“Please call or visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness for more information regarding mental illness education, help and prevention at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or nami.org.”

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