The search for the body of a woman who disappeared six months ago has been semi successful — in that they found her alive.
The unnamed 47-year-old was discovered in Spanish Fork Canyon in Utah, where she had survived for half a year eating moss and grass.
In an incredible twist of fate, she was only located when a drone sent searching for her accidentally hit a tree — and when the team went to retrieve it, stumbled across her en route to the crash site.
According to the Utah County Sheriff's Office, on November 25 of last year US Forest Service Officials were preparing for the seasonal canyon closure, when they found a car left in a parking lot of a Diamond Fork area campground.
Inside, they found camping equipment and ID information, but there was no sign of the woman who owned it.
Detectives and search and rescue officials joined the Sheriff's team to conduct extensive searches of the area by ground and air, but they could not find her anywhere. So they deduced the car must have been abandoned, impounding it and storing the camping equipment.
Among the documentation in the car was telephone information that suggested the owner may be in Colorado, so the Sheriff's office began focusing its search there.
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Over the next several months efforts were made to identify and contact family members, without success. Detectives did manage to track down the woman's former co-workers, but could ascertain no details as to her possible whereabouts.
"They did, however, find information that suggested this woman might struggle with mental health challenges," the Sheriff's office said.
It wasn't until Sunday when a UCSO Sergeant, who is a search and rescue coordinator, returned to Diamond Fork with members of a nonprofit aerial search organization, to conduct one of their semi-regular sweeps of the area to try locate the woman, did they make the serendipitous discovery.
During one of the very first scans, the drone crashed, and the Sergeant and pilot set out to retrieve it. As they walked into the hills, they came across a tent that looked like it had been long abandoned.