Missing woman in Utah ate moss and grass to survive

  • A woman who went missing in 2020 was found in a remote campground in Utah.
  • The woman was living in a tent and was surviving on a diet that included grass and moss.
  • Investigations suggest that the woman has mental health challenges. 

A woman who went missing in 2020 was found living in a remote campground in a national forest in Utah after a drone that was looking for her crashed nearby, according to authorities.

On Sunday, the 47-year-old, whose identity was concealed to the public, was found in the campground of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, according to a statement by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman had lost a lot of weight and was weak, per the statement. 

According to authorities, the woman may have voluntarily moved to Diamond Fork Canyon where her diet included a small amount of food she brought with her, and grass and moss. A nearby river was her source of water.

It was in November 2020 when the US Forest Service officials found her abandoned car at the campground.

Information gathered by detectives suggested that the woman might be facing mental health challenges. 

On Sunday, officers went back to the Diamond Fork area with a drone to try to look for the woman.

While the officers were searching for the crashed drone, they found a tent that seemed abandoned — until “the zipper of the tent opened and there was the woman,” according to the department. They added: “We now believe she knowingly chose to remain in the area over the months since November 2020.”

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital for a mental health evaluation, but the authorities said it’s likely that she would return to the forest. The department also clarified that while the woman’s decision to live in the forest was unusual, it’s not against the law. 

Source: NY Post

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