FORT BELVOIR, Va. (WUSA) -- A young mother is safe tonight after apparently spending the night wandering the woods of Fort Belvoir.
Heather Beatty, 27, a mother of two little girls, disappeared around 5 p.m. New Year's Day. She was spotted walking along Gunston Road on the Ft. Belvoir Base at around 2 p.m. Monday.
The 20-hour search took place on ground, in the air, and on the Potomac River. The Army Soldier reported his wife missing at 7:30 p.m Sunday.
His concern about her walking off into the woods from their home on the Fort Belvoir Base prompted the massive search. It included 40 uniforms soldiers, the Coast Guard, and Fairfax County emergency teams.
A team of five was seen searching just outside Ft. Belvoir's Walker Gate, a few miles south of Mt. Vernon, and not far from where the family lives. Heather Beatty, is being medically evaluated after being found Monday afternoon, officials said.