June 06, 2013 - 2:38 PM
KAMLOOPS — It was a long night for family members waiting for search and rescue crews to locate a missing 63-year-old woman who went missing while hiking last night.
RCMP were notified of the missing hiker about 8 p.m. June 5. They were told she left from the Duffy Lake campground on Greenstone Mountain around 1 p.m. with her three dogs but didn't return. Her boyfriend became concerned and reported her missing.
A ground search was launched with search and rescue volunteers, RCMP officer on quads and police dogs. The search continued through the night and the RCMP helicopter was deployed at first light. The woman eventually began calling 911 though she was only able to do so sporadically and the a trace of her cell phone helped helicopter crews to figure out her location. Her white coloured sweater made it easier for her to be spotted in the dense bush.
She was brought out of the bush uninjured at around 9 a.m. today, along with her three dogs. Police estimate she may have wandered 12 km through the night as she became disoriented and tried to find her way back.
The search and rescue teams came from Kamloops and Logan Lake. A local farmer also assisted by transporting additional officers to the search area.
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