The US woman who was found living in a forest 'wanted solitude and isolation'
- A woman was found living in a Utah forest on Sunday after going missing over 5 months ago.
- A sheriff's office spokesman told The Washington Post that she wanted "solitude and isolation."
- The unnamed woman was taken to the hospital for a mental-health evaluation after she was found.
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A woman who was found alive in a Utah national forest on Sunday after going missing for nearly six months, had said she "wanted solitude and isolation," a sheriff's office spokesman told The Washington Post.
The unnamed, 47-year-old woman was found living in a tent in the Diamond Fork area of Spanish Fork Canyon, and told officials that she was living off foraged moss and grass, according to a Monday press release from the Utah County Sheriff's Office.
The woman was first noticed missing on November 25, when park workers found her car in a nearby campground parking lot as they were closing a road for the winter.
An initial search for the woman proved fruitless, but on Sunday, a sheriff's sergeant returned to the area with a a nonprofit aerial search organization to search for the woman using a drone.
The drone crashed on one of the first passes, and when the sergeant and the drone pilot went searching for the device, they happened upon the woman's tent, the statement said.
The woman was in a weakened state and was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, the statement said, but officials were impressed by her ability to weather the winter alone.
"She did not plan exceedingly well for such a long period during harsh winter months, but she was resourceful," Sgt. Spencer Cannon, public information officer for the Utah County Sheriff's Office, told The Post.
Cannon added that the woman told officials that she "wanted solitude and isolation."
In the original press release about the woman's discovery, officials said they learned she may have struggled with mental health issues and stressed that "while many people might choose to not live in the circumstances and conditions this woman did, she did nothing against the law."
They said the woman might choose to return to the same area and they would make resources available to her "should she decide to use them".
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