Sheriff Praises Deputy’s Efforts To Find Missing Woman

By  //  July 12, 2012

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BREVARD COUNTY • MALABAR, FLORIDA – A quick reaction by a Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy probably saved the life of a missing Palm Bay woman, Brevard County Sheriff Jack Parker said. 

Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy James Harrison is drawing praise for his efforts in locating a missing Palm Bay woman. (Image courtesy Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

Shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday night, Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Harrison located a women who had been reported missing from the city of Palm Bay for more than two weeks.

Deputy Harrison responded to a report of a suspicious person in a wooded area at the west end of Briar Creek Boulevard in Malabar.

He was  unable to locate the female after checking the immediate area where she was last seen and realized this may be the missing/endangered adult reported missing from Palm Bay on June 22.

Deputy Harrison continued to search further for the female and entered the wooded area at the south end of Briar Creek Boulevard.

As the deputy searched the area on foot, he found a female attempting to hide behind a tree.

Deputy Harrison immediately rendered aid to the female who was suffering from dehydration and numerous insect bites.

Sheriff Jack Parker

Palm Bay Police Department officers were called to the scene and confirmed the female was 22 year-old Marsharie Lemons-Garrett who was reported missing and had been the subject of numerous searches conducted since her disappearance.

 Brevard County Fire Rescue responded to the scene and transported the Lemons-Garrett to Palm Bay Hospital for evaluation.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Deputy Harrison most likely saved the life of the young woman,” said Brevard County Sheriff Jack Parker. “I am very proud that Jim was able to put the pieces together and found her before it was too late.  Jim is a true blessing to the citizens of Brevard County.”

A follow-up investigation for the case is being conducted by the Palm Bay Police Department.