Police have said a woman found in a flimsy tent in a remote part of Utah is free to return to the wild after a mental health evaluation, if she so wishes.
Search and rescue teams looking for her body found the 47-year-old woman alive last weekend in the remote Diamond Ford Canyon, near the town of Spanish Fork.
‘Her motivation was, in part, for loneliness and isolation,’ Sgt. Spencer told Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Fox news.
“We want to be clear that while many people choose not to live in this woman’s circumstances and circumstances, she has done nothing against the law,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
And in the future, she could choose to return to the same area. In case she decided to use it, her resources were made available. ‘
Delegates searched Diamond Fork Canyon and found an abandoned tent, pictured last November, close to items that helped them identify the missing woman
The woman told rescuers that she survived by eating supplies found in the abandoned tent she moved into, as well as moss and grass, and that she was seriously underweight when found.
The woman survived temperatures that regularly hovered around freezing during the winter months, and says hikers also supplied her with supplies.
Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office told DailyMail.com how searchers left expecting to find the woman’s body.
The drone search was part of a semi-regular hunt for the missing woman, and resulted in her being found by pure luck when it crashed into a tree.
While recovering the drone, operated by a nonprofit organization working with police to find missing people, a sergeant and the drone operator spotted the woman’s tent.
The missing woman unzipped the zipper and stuck her head out.
The woman’s abandoned red sedan was also found in a parking lot near the Dry Canyon Trailhead in Diamond Fork Canyon, and was later impounded.
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office found a 47-year-old woman who has been missing in the Dry Canyon Trailhead in Diamond Fork Canyon since November after a drone searching for her corpse crashed into a nearby tree.
Authorities sent a medical team to the campsite and examined the woman who had lost significant weight and was weak.
Cannon says authorities were incredibly impressed with the woman’s survival instincts, especially in the harsh winter conditions.
“She was resilient and managed to survive the coldest months of the year, sometimes the temperature drops below zero,” he said. ‘She’s a wonderful woman. In my 30 years involved in search and rescue, I’ve never seen anything like it, ‘Cannon told DailyMail.com
Her disappearance was marked around Thanksgiving 2020, when a U.S. Forest Service official preparing for the canyon’s seasonal closures found the woman’s red sedan in a parking lot near the Dry Canyon Trailhead in Diamond Fork Canyon.
Delegates searched the area and found an abandoned tent, red and gray tent, and camping equipment, along with items identifying the missing woman.
The sheriff’s office was unable to contact the woman’s family and she was never reported missing.
Detectives were able to speak to the woman’s colleagues who told police they had no idea where she was or planned to stay and described her as ‘quiet’ and a ‘loner’. That led researchers to conclude that she had mental health problems,
The woman disappeared in Diamond Fork Canyon, pictured, where temperatures regularly hover around freezing during the winter months
This is the tent found last November that police believe belonged to the missing woman. She was found on Sunday living in a second tent.
The woman told authorities that she lived in a tent where a motor home had been left and was found with small amounts of food.
She told officials she was foraged for grass and moss to survive and had access to water from a nearby river.
Sergeant Cannon told DailyMail.com that they will not disclose the woman’s identity because of her suspected mental health issues and because she has not committed any crimes.
The woman has willingly stayed in the area since November, and the sheriff’s office says that other than exceeding the Forest Service camping allowance, the woman has not broken any laws.
Cannon said the Sheriff Office doesn’t charge people for staying too long at campgrounds just for making a mess – but that the missing woman had kept her campground tidy.
“The campground was very neat and well maintained,” he said. “unusual in that regard, criminally speaking, there was nothing that would have drawn our attention to her.”
He said that if in the future, if she chooses to return to the same area, she will be offered support to try to ensure that she remains in good health.