UPDATE: Lillian Morales was just located in a canal near her home and she is OK, deputies say.

Hillsborough County sheriff's aviation was searching the area and, with the assistance of the FLIR system, noticed a person inside of a body of water. Aviation directed deputies on the ground right to Morales' location.

It is believed she had been in the water for quite some time. She will be medically evaluated and reunited with her family.


Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help to find a missing 71-year-old Tampa woman.

Lillian Morales left a home in the 8600 block of Fish Lake Road on foot about 3 p.m. and has not been seen since. She has health issues that require medication and she has been diagnosed with dementia.

She is a Hispanic female, 5-foot-3, 140 pounds, with white hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a tan T-shirt with black stripes, blue jeans and black sandals.

She walks with a severe limp and speaks Spanish primarily. She is believed to be in the Palm River/Clair Mel area.
DOB: 6/2/46

Anyone with information about Morales' whereabouts is asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.