6 days in a snow trap: a woman from Northern California, lost in the mountains, miraculously survived
In Northern California, a woman with dementia went missing six days ago. She was found alive in a snow-covered car. Fox News.
Butte County Sheriff’s office said in a press release that at about noon, the sheriff’s helicopter searching the Butt Meadows area had found the car. It matched the description of an SUV belonging to the missing 68-year-old Paula Beth James. When the pilot landed a helicopter, two officers approached the car and found a living woman inside.
“She was conscious. Looking at them, the woman said, “I'm very cold. I hope you brought a blanket, ”said Bute County Sheriff's spokeswoman Megan McMann.
James of Oroville was last seen on January 9 at her house. Officials said she suffers from dementia and may be disoriented.
After Paula disappeared six days ago and nothing was heard about her, her family members no longer hoped to hear good news.
“This morning we thought she was most likely dead,” said James' stepdaughter Laura Powell.
The missing person was found about 200 miles (321 km) northeast of San Francisco and about 50 miles (80 km) north of her home. According to the sheriff’s office, her car was 150 meters from the snow-covered road, but officials couldn’t explain how she got there.
A snowmobile was sent for a woman.
She was taken to the paramedics waiting nearby, then to the hospital. Paula was in stable condition.
Family members later reported that James had frostbite and severe dehydration. From time to time she managed to keep warm - she turned on her car for heating in addition to using blankets and floors in the SUV.
Officials said rescuers spent more than 100 hours looking for a woman.
Family members said they were grateful to those who went “higher and farther” to find James.
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