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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. –The Tippecanoe County elementary school teacher reported missing Monday was found alive in a wooded area near her home Tuesday evening, according to Chief Deputy Hartman.

Hartman says Krista Perdue, 42, was found in “serious condition” with the help of a drone.

Area where Krista Perdue was found
Area where Krista Perdue was found

Officials say she was conscious and dehydrated, and will be checked out at a hospital. She is expected to recover.

Krista’s husband, Sam Perdue, told police she had been sick all day Sunday, so they slept in separate bedrooms that night. Her husband said when he went to check on her Monday morning, she was gone.

“We want her back, we want her back. Please come home,” said Sam, before Krista was found.

Her husband said Krista’s purse, wallet and driver’s license were left, and her car was sitting where he had parked it the night before. He also told officers he did not hear her leave, and did not know where she could have gone.

Police say Krista’s friends also told them they have no idea where she could have gone and that there were no indications of any marital problems.

FOX59 caught up with the husband outside the couple’s home. He said that he only wanted her back and asked that she please come home.

FOX59 also spoke with Krista’s mother, Donna Ramey, who said she was distraught when her daughter was missing.

“I am unable to put sentences together at this time. She is my heart, my life, and I need her back,” said Ramey.

Neighbors describe the Perdues as the perfect couple.

“I think they are a great family. When we moved in we thought they were really nice. Their little girl is down here a lot,” said neighbor Barbara Taylor. “If she is sick and she is laying down somewhere, we need to find her.”

“I see them do a lot of walking and stuff together around the neighborhood…they are always together,” said neighbor Kristy McCintosh.

Foul play wasn’t suspected throughout the investigation.