Thursday, May 06, 2021
Nourished on grass and moss
Woman survives five months in Canyon
She drank water from the river and ate grass: after five months, a missing woman was found in the United States in the middle of the wilderness. A search party found the 47-year-old by chance – but that’s not the only unusual thing about the story.
In the United States, a woman was discovered in the canyon five months after she disappeared. Search parties found the woman in the US state of Utah by accident while trying to recover a crashed drone. With the they were looking for a sign of life for the 47-year-olds, writes the British Guardian.
What sounds like a successful rescue operation is apparently not at all. But from the beginning: The 47-year-old was last seen in November 2020. US Forest Service employees discovered their car in a parking lot on the edge of a hiking trail about 80 kilometers southeast of Salt Lake City. They were preparing for the canyon’s seasonal closure. Search and rescue officers searched the area over the following weeks but could not find it.
On Sunday the helpers came across their camp in Diamond Fork Canyon when their drone, which was supposed to be on the lookout for them, crashed. When the search forces approached the tent, the woman came out, according to the newspaper. “We now believe that she has been in the area deliberately since November 2020,” police later said. “She had some food with her and explained that she also ate grass and moss. Water was not a problem because of a nearby river.”
Police officer Spencer Cannon said the woman had no physical injuries other than being weak and underweight. “Aside from the fact that she survived, it’s a tough life out there. We are very happy that we were able to establish contact,” he told local TV stations. While she was missing to the world, the woman appeared to be voluntarily in the wild, according to police.
After the discovery, officials took the woman to the hospital for an examination. It was suspected that she might be struggling with mental health problems. The investigators emphasized that she did not break a law.