Sara Levy / Photo, Westport Police Department

WESTPORT — A woman reported missing Thursday evening, setting off an hours-long search of the Saugatuck River, has been found “safe,” police reported early Friday.

The woman, Sara Levy, 22, “has been located and is safe. Thank you for the public’s assistance,” police stated in a post on the department’s Facebook page at 1:13 a.m. Friday.

In a later statement at 7:30 a.m. Friday, police provided more information about the search for Levy, saying that she was found in Norwalk early Friday.

“She was found to be in good health and was reunited with her family. Chief Foti Koskinas extended his thanks to everyone who aided in the search and is glad that Ms. Levy is back home,” according to the statement.

Police began looking for Levy shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report that she launched a canoe downtown near the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge over the Saugatuck River. 

A short time later, a witness told police the canoe was spotted again, but was floating empty on the river. The town’s police/fire dive team was dispatched to search the downtown stretch of the Saugatuck.

The water level was relatively low at the time, however, so it was possible that Levy got out of the canoe and walked to shore, police said.

In an update at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, police reported that Levy was seen, via surveillance video, at a local business.

Although the water search for Levy was suspended by then, police said at the time they still were unable to locate her.