Woman, 47, who vanished in Utah canyon six months ago is found living in tent and surviving on ‘moss and grass’

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A WOMAN who disappeared in a Utah canyon six months ago has been found living in a tent and surviving by eating moss and grass.

The 47-year-old woman from Utah, who has not been named, was first reported missing on November 25, 2020, in the Diamond Fork area of Spanish Fork Canyon after a US Forest Service official found an abandoned car in a campground parking lot.

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The woman was found living in a tent that had been previously abandoned[/caption]

Utah County Sheriff's Office

Authorities started searching for the woman after her car was found apparently abandoned[/caption]

Official had wanted to notify the woman about the seasonal canyon closures but could not find her.

They discovered camping equipment and information that helped identify the missing woman.

Search crews – both on foot and by air – were dispatched but they could not locate the woman.

Deputies impounded the car and took the camping equipment, thinking it had been abandoned.

Investigators trying to trace the woman worked over the following months in an attempt to contact anyone who might know the woman and be able to tell them her possible whereabouts.

Although attempts to contact her family were unsuccessful, detectives did speak to her co-workers who said she might be struggling with mental health issues.

The location of the woman remained a mystery until Sunday when a USCO sergeant returned to the area of Diamond Fork with members of a nonprofit aerial search group to continue looking for signs of the missing woman, according to the sheriff’s office.

The drone being used to search for evidence though crashed during its first sweep of the area, forcing the sergeant and drone pilot to set off on foot to retrieve it.

As they walked into the hills they came across what seemed to be an abandoned tent.

Soon after they discovered the tent, the missing woman emerged from inside.

The woman “had lost a significant amount of weight and was weak,” according to the sheriff’s office. “But she was apparently also resourceful.”

Utah County Sheriff's Office

The woman had been living in the tent during freezing temperatures over the winter months[/caption]

She had a small amount of food with her, but told officials she had foraged for grass and moss and used the nearby river for water.

The woman also said passing hikers had also given her supplies.

“And we now believe she knowingly chose to remain in the area over the months since November 2020,” a press release said.

Temperatures in the area regularly hover around the freezing mark during the winter months.

Officials said the woman had been taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation and resources had been made available to her, should she need them.

“But we want to be clear that while many people might choose to not live in the circumstances and conditions this woman did, she did nothing against the law,” the sheriff’s office said. “And in the future she might choose to return to the same area.”

Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office told DailyMail.com: “She was resilient and manage to survive over the coldest months of the year, sometimes the temperature hits below zero.

“She’s an amazing woman. In my 30 years involved in search and rescue I have never seen anything like this.”

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The woman had gone missing in the Diamond Fork area of Spanish Fork Canyon[/caption]

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