Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-05-04 11:46:44 –
Utah County, Utah (KTVX) — A woman reported missing five months ago was found alive on Monday in Diamond Fork Canyon, Utah.
The woman has been missing since November.
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On November 25, 2020, US Forest Office officials found a car in a campsite parking lot in the Diamond Fork area of Spanish Fork Canyon. Officials also found camping equipment and information to identify who was camping there.
A detective and search and rescue team at the Utah County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) searched the area, but no one was found.
According to a UCSO press release, police had phone information that made them believe that women could be in Colorado. UCSO then seized women’s cars and camping equipment, believing that they had been abandoned.
Over the next few months, UCSO attempted to identify and contact the woman’s family, but failed.
The agent then contacted a female colleague and received information suggesting that she was suffering from mental health, UCSO said in a press release.
Then, on May 2, UCSO sergeants returned to Diamond Fork with a non-profit aerial search organization in an attempt to find evidence suggesting that the woman might still be in the area.
The aerial search organization deployed a drone for the search, but the drone crashed. After that, UCSO sergeants and drone pilots went looking for drones.
During the search, UCSO said the sergeant and drone pilot had found a nearby tent.
At that moment, the tent zipper opened, revealing a 47-year-old missing woman, according to a news release.
UCSO said women were willing to stay in the area since November 2020. The woman told authorities that she had foraged moss and grass to survive and had access to water via a nearby river.
The agent took her to a local hospital for a mental health assessment.
In a news release, UCSO emphasized that women did not violate the law.
“Many people may choose not to live in the circumstances and conditions that this woman did, but she wants to make it clear that she did nothing to violate the law,” said UCSO. “And in the future she may choose to return to the same area.”
UCSO said resources became available if women decided to use them.
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