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Missing Utah woman found alive in a tent at remote canyon campsite

a Utah canyon, Spanish Fork
A missing woman has been found after six months in Utah (Image credit: Getty Images)

An American woman has been found alive in a remote canyon six months after she was reported missing. According to reports, she was living in a small tent and survived by eating grass and moss and drinking river water.

The alarm was raised in November for the unnamed 47-year-old from Utah when her car was found abandoned in a trailhead parking area while the US Forest Service prepared to close Diamond Fork Canyon, near Spanish Fork, for the winter.

Searches in the following weeks by police and search and rescue officials of the area, south-east of Salt Lake City, didn't locate the woman. 

Then, out of the blue, this weekend, another search finally discovered  her whereabouts.

Chance discovery of missing Utah woman

According to a report by Utah County Sheriff's Office, during an aerial search, a drone crashed. It was while trying to find the device that the drone pilot came across a tent, at the remote campsite, in which the woman had been living.

It's believed she chose to remain in the canyon and while she had a small amount of food with her, she told SAR officials she had foraged for vegetation to subsist.

Despite what would have been a tough existence during the winter months, the woman had no physical injuries besides being weak and underweight. An investigation into her disappearance suggests she may have struggled with mental health issues.

The woman, whose identity has been withheld, had not broken the law and she is free to return to the same area if she chooses. However, the sheriff's statement   said that resources have been made available to her should she decide to use them.

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.