Missing Hiker Found Alive After 9 Days Lost in Sierra Nevada

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Calif. Hiker Found Alive After Missing for More Than a Week.

FRESNO, Calif. A 62-year-old woman who vanished while hiking in California was found alive Saturday — more than a week after she was separated from the group she was traveling with, police said.After being missing for nearly nine days, a 62-year-old hiker from Orangevale was located injured, but alive, this morning in the Sierra National Forest, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Miyuki Harwood, a 64-year-old California woman who has been missing in the rugged central California mountains — while wildfires rage around the area — has been found alive but injured, KFSN (Fresno) is reporting. Mims wouldn’t comment on the extent of Harwood’s injuries but said she was able to visit with the 62-year-old, who was stable, speaking and “very grateful that she was found.” Harwood was last seen on Aug. 20 near the Courtright Reservoir, about 100 miles east of Fresno, with a hiking group from the Sierra Club, based near Sacramento. Several local agencies, the California Office of Emergency Services and the California National Guard were involved in the aerial and land search for Harwood.

It’s the height of the dry season — and wildfire season — right now in California, and the Golden State has been parched from the historic drought. The search was initially hampered by smoke from a wildfire, called the Rough Fire, which began July 31 and was burning about 10 miles away from the search area. Mims warned that hikers should not separate from their groups and stay away from trails with hazardous conditions. “Especially right now with the fires going on, now is not a good time to go up into that area.

Kathy Curtice explained to KFSN the difficulties in finding the missing hiker, even in the best of circumstances. “So (it’s a) great big area and we’re covering all the possibilities.

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