A missing Madison woman is home safely with her family after hundreds of volunteers search for over a week.

Francine Tate was discovered miles away from Madison in Vilas County. A place she apparently chose to be to get away.

Tate's brother-in-law, Dee Thompson, says Francine was apparently aware people were looking for her but she had no idea the scope of the search.

A missing persons poster with her picture was posted in the local gas station in the isolated area of Vilas County and there was some coverage in a local newspaper which Thompson believes Francine did see.

Still, she apparently decided to remain secluded, living out of her car. Thompson says she was tired and hadn't eaten much when she was found.

And while hundreds searched in the Dane County area, it took a DNR warden in Vilas County, acting on a hunch, to find her. Thompson says the area was secluded and not heavily traveled but the warden decided to take a look anyway. Thompson calls it a miracle.

AUDIO: Jim Dick reports (1:10 MP3 )

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