Missing Woman Found

Missing Woman Found

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(By CHRISTIE L. HILL --Associated Press Writer)

Search and rescue teams on Friday found a 68-year-old woman who had been missing overnight in the rugged Arches National Park in southeastern Utah.

The unidentified woman had been camping with her husband and friends this week in the national park near Moab. They were hiking in the Broken Arch area about 3 p.m. MDT Thursday when she became separated from the others, said Arches National Park spokesman Murray Shoemaker.

A secretary with the Grand County Sheriff's office, who refused to identify herself, said the woman was found Friday afternoon. She did not know the woman's condition, and referred calls to Shoemaker, who was not immediately available.

The woman's husband and friends initially searched for her before calling in park officials.

Grand County search and rescue crews arrived Friday morning to assist park officials in the hunt. They started their search on dirt roads outside the national park, and worked their way inside Arches.

Two helicopters, a fixed-wing aircraft, and a dog were also involved in the search with about 20 volunteers.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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