May 2, 2021, a UCSO Sergeant who is a Search and Rescue Coordinator, returned to Diamond Fork with representatives of a nonprofit aerial search organization in an effort to find evidence that this woman might still be in the Diamond Fork area. During one of the first passes, the drone crashed and the Sergeant and drone pilot set out to find the drone. As they walked into the hills they found a tent that they believed was abandoned. About then the zipper of the tent opened and there was the woman SAR officials searched for in December 2020. This woman, age 47, had lost a significant amount of weight and was weak. But she was apparently also resourceful. And we now believe she knowingly chose to remain in the area over the months since November 2020. She did have a small amount of food with her, and she told SAR officials she foraged for grass and moss to subsist. She also had access to an ample supply of water in a nearby river.
Because of the woman's condition, and information in their discussion with her, Deputies took her to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. 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. And in the future she might choose to return to the same area. Resources were made available to her should she decide to use them.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.