Brigham City woman spends 5 days in car after going off 300-foot ravine, police say

A woman who police say intentionally drove off a 300-foot ravine is getting a second chance after emergency crews found and rescued her more than a week after being reported missing.

A woman who police say intentionally drove off a 300-foot ravine is getting a second chance after emergency crews found and rescued her more than a week after being reported missing. (BlurAZ, Shutterstock)



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MANTUA, Box Elder County — A woman who police say intentionally drove off a 300-foot ravine is getting a second chance after emergency crews found and rescued her more than a week after she had been reported missing.

On Wednesday, the 64-year-old Brigham City woman was found lying in the middle of Willard Peak Road, about a mile south of Mantua, according to a statement from the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office.

"She was suffering from internal injuries and dehydration," the sheriff's office said.

The woman was reported missing to Brigham City police on July 26.

"She explained that she had intentionally crashed her car down a 300-foot ravine. She then spent five days in her car before she crawled up out of the ravine to the road where she was found," according to the statement.

Emergency crews used ropes to rappel down the steep ravine to get to her car. The sheriff's office said the woman "is expected to recover."

Deputies also encourage anyone with thoughts of self harm to talk to someone or call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 where free and confidential support for people in distress is available 24/7.

Suicide prevention resources

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call 988 to connect with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

Crisis Hotlines

  • Huntsman Mental Health Institute Crisis Line: 801-587-3000
  • SafeUT Crisis Line: 833-372-3388
  • 988 Suicide and Crisis LifeLine at 988
  • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386

Online resources

Warning signs of suicide

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.

Information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

What to do if you see warning signs of suicide

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
  • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional

Information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News

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