After going missing for 48 hours and weathering 5 inches of new snow in the Sierra National Forest, a Palo Alto woman was found safe by a search and rescue team on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.
Jolly Bose, 49, was reported missing on Sunday afternoon, October 17, 2021, after becoming separated from her hiking group near Huntington Lake at a ridge east of White Bark Vista and Dusy Ershim Trail, according to a press release.
Bose was found 48 hours later, about 4.5 miles from the ridge near Ershim Lake, which is located in Fresno County. The sheriff's office deployed 35 deputies and volunteers with a search and rescue team that worked "each day, around the clock," according to the release.
Aline Reach, a close friend of Bose who was in contact with Bose's boyfriend, said on Facebook Tuesday afternoon that the 49-year-old was airlifted out of the area.
Bose was airlifted out of the area by helicopter on early Tuesday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office deployed several resources for the search, including planes, drones, horses, helicopters, jeeps and ATVs, according to the release. The agency also received assistance from Yosemite National Park, the California Office of Emergency Services and the Marin County Sheriff's Office's SAR team.
The search area was at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet with snowy, icy conditions, the sheriff's office said. During that time, Bose had to suffer through 5 inches of new snow and temperatures ranging from 13 to 19 degrees, according to the sheriff's Public Information Officer Tony Botti.
Bose was uninjured and did not require any medical attention, the press release stated.
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49 years old
Classification: DAY/NIGHT HIKER
Foul Play Suspected: No
Suspected Suicide: No
Cause of Death: Believed Alive / Not Dead
Reported missing on October 17, 2021 - 222 days, 18 hours, 30 minutes ago
Found on October 19, 2021 - 220 days, 18 hours, 30 minutes ago
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This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 6697
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