GREAT FALLS (AP) - Lethbridge, Alberta, Alderwoman Darlene Heatherington, who disappeared here Saturday, was found wandering around a hotel in downtown Las Vegas overnight, police here reported Wednesday.
"Apparently somebody called the police to check on the welfare of a woman at a downtown hotel," Lt. Jack Allen said. "The Las Vegas police contacted her and discovered she was Mrs. Heatherington."
She had no obvious physical injuries, but was taken to a hospital for observation, Allen said.
He stressed that the information was still preliminary and the investigation was continuing.
Heatherington was in Great Falls last week as part of a Lethbridge delegation that was invited to meet with local government officials. She was last heard from Saturday morning when she called her husband in Lethbridge.
Her rental car, containing personal items, was found in the Civic Center parking lot on Sunday.
Great Falls police said they had found no evidence that Heatherington had been abducted or was otherwise the victim of violence. The search was focusing on an urban cycling and walking trail along the Missouri River.
She bought a bicycle at a pawn shop Saturday morning, and police said she probably either had a bicycle accident along the Missouri River or chose to vanish.
The least likely possibilities in her weekend disappearance are abduction or foul play, they said Tuesday.
"There are issues in people's lives where these folks may not want to be found," said Lt. Ron Steffens.
Helicopter and foot searchers along the River's Edge Trail Tuesday yielded no further signs of Heatherington, 39, who was last seen Saturday morning when she bought a bike at a pawn shop.
However, Steffens said police have no witnesses placing Heatherington on the bike trails, although "hundreds" of people would likely have been using them.
Dave Heatherington said his wife was in very good spirits when he talked to her Saturday morning.
"I have no idea what the reason would be for her to not want to come home," he said.
But he said the fact that Great Falls police donÃ t think foul play is involved is encouraging.
"That's good," he said. "For my sake and my children's sake, I'm looking forward to a happy resolution."
Their children, ages 10, 8 and 4, were preparing for Mother's Day.
"They're making Mother's Day crafts and they want to give these to their mom on Sunday," Dave Heatherington said. "I'm hoping they can do that."