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Mary Joanna Gomez, 56, was found Monday about 3.5 miles from where she had parked her vehicle in Sequoia National Park in California

56-year-old Mississippi nurse, missing five days ago, is found alive in Sequoia National Park in California after she had pinned S.O.S with stones

  • Mary Joanna Gomez, 56, was found Monday about 3.5 miles from where she had parked her vehicle in Sequoia National Park in California
  • Gomez, from Jackson, Mississippi, stayed in the San Francisco area while traveling as a traveling nurse
  • She decided to go for a walk on her day off last Wednesday, but was reported missing when she did not appear on Friday for her nursing
  • Authorities have started a large-scale search for the missing nurse with the help of search dogs and rescue helicopters
  • Rescuers flying over saw Monday an S.O.S message pinned to the ground with stones
  • Find teams on foot and then find Gomez nearby on steep, rocky terrain
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Mary Joanna Gomez, 56, was found Monday about 3.5 miles from where she had parked her vehicle in Sequoia National Park in California

Mary Joanna Gomez, 56, was found Monday about 3.5 miles from where she had parked her vehicle in Sequoia National Park in California

A Mississippi nurse who went missing five days ago was found alive in a California national park after rescue helicopters noticed the S.O.S message she had spelled with stones.

Mary Joanna Gomez, 56, was found Monday about 3.5 miles from where she had parked her vehicle in Sequoia National Park.

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Gomez, who lives in Jackson, stayed in the San Francisco area while traveling as a traveling nurse.

She decided to go for a walk last Wednesday on her day off. She first visited nearby Kings Canyon National Park and the next day sent photos of the landscape to her daughter.

Her family reported her missing to the San Francisco police when she did not appear on Friday for her nursing service.

The National Park Service succeeded in limiting Gomez's location to Sequoia National Park after the staff had seen her in the area on Saturday morning.

Gomez was located on Monday (above) by search teams after seeing her S.O.S message that she had spelled on rocks. Authorities said that Gomez & # 39; cold, thirsty and hungry & # 39; but in good health

Gomez was located on Monday (above) by search teams after seeing her S.O.S message that she had spelled on rocks. Authorities said that Gomez & # 39; cold, thirsty and hungry & # 39; but in good health

Gomez was located on Monday (above) by search teams after seeing her S.O.S message that she had spelled on rocks. Authorities said that Gomez & # 39; cold, thirsty and hungry & # 39; but in good health

Gomez decided to go for a walk on her day off last Wednesday and sent her daughter photos of the landscape

Gomez decided to go for a walk on her day off last Wednesday and sent her daughter photos of the landscape

She was reported missing when she did not appear on Friday for her nursing service
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She was reported missing when she did not appear on Friday for her nursing service

Gomez decided to go for a walk on her day off last Wednesday and sent her daughter photos of the landscape. She was reported missing when she did not appear on Friday for her nursing service

Authorities have started a large-scale search for the missing nurse with the help of search dogs and rescue helicopters.

Her car was found on a Sunday evening near a hiking trail.

A plane from the California National National Guard saw an S.O.S message Monday pinned to the ground.

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Search teams on foot were then able to locate Gomez in the area.

She was found on rocky and steep terrain, about 3.5 miles from where search teams found her car.

The place where she was found was close to a four-mile hiking trail.

Authorities said that Gomez & # 39; cold, thirsty and hungry & # 39; but in good health.

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