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First person on Joplin missing list alive

Thursday, May 26, 2011 | 1:49 p.m. CDT

JOPLIN — The first person on the list of Joplin's missing after the tornado is very much alive.

The Associated Press found 75-year-old Sally Adams sitting on a wooden chair and cuddling her pet cat Thursday. When the AP told Adams she was listed as missing, she laughed and said, "Get me off of there!"

Neighbors rescued Adams on Sunday after the storm destroyed her house, and they took her to a home nearby.

Her relatives had called a hot line and posted Facebook messages saying Adams was missing. Adams said she lost her cell phone in the storm and had no way to reassure family.

Her son Bill Adams says he told authorities his mother was alive after he learned she was safe, yet she remained on their unaccounted-for list at midday Thursday.


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