The woman, who disappeared nearly six months ago, was found living in a tent in the Utah National Forest, subsistence with food, including grass and moss, after a drone searching for her fell nearby.
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office, 47, which was not made public, was discovered on Sunday in a remote camping area of the National Forest. Uinta-Wasatch-Cache The Utah County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“This woman… has lost a lot of weight and is weak. But she also looked witty, ”the statement said.
Authorities believe the woman chose to voluntarily move to Diamond Fork Canyon and survived the small amount of food she brought, as well as grass and moss. She also has access to water from a nearby river.
The sheriff̵7;s department first began searching for the woman in November 2020 after U.S. Forest Service officials found her car had been left at a campsite.
Detectives gathered information “that said the woman may be grappling with mental health issues,” the department said.
Then, on Sunday, officials returned to the Diamond Fork area with a drone to try and figure out if the woman was still there.
While searching for downed drones, they came across a deserted tent until “the tent’s zipper opened and there was a woman,” the department said.
“We now believe that she has deliberately chosen to remain in this area in the months starting November 2020.”
Staff took the hermit to a nearby hospital for a mental health assessment. But said it was possible for her to choose to go back to the forest.
“We want to make it clear that while many people may choose not to be in the circumstances and conditions that this woman does, it is. But she has not done anything against the law, ”the department said.