The unidentified 47-year-old woman was reported missing on Nov. 25 of last year after authorities found an apparently abandoned campsite. U.S. Forest Service officials found identifying information for the camper and information suggesting the woman may be struggling with mental health challenges but were unable to locate the woman, according to a statement from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
On Sunday, an agent with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office returned to the Diamond Fork area of Spanish Fork Canyon to search for the woman with a drone, which crashed. As the UCSO sergeant and drone pilot searched for the drone, a tent was encountered that was believed to be abandoned. Then, the zipper of the tent opened, and the missing woman emerged.
While the unidentified woman “had lost a significant amount of weight” and was “weak,” she was “apparently also resourceful.”
“We now believe she knowingly chose to remain in the area over the months since November 2020,” the statement said. “She did have a small amount of food with her, and she told SAR officials she foraged for grass and moss to subsist. She also had access to an ample supply of water in a nearby river.”
“We want to be clear that while many people might choose to not live in the circumstances and conditions this woman did, she did nothing against the law. And in the future she might choose to return to the same area,” authorities concluded.
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