Missing since July 6, Angela Hernandez, 23, of Portland, Ore., was found alive in Big Sur on Friday.
BIG SUR — An Oregon woman missing since July 6 was found alive Friday night in Big Sur, authorities said.
The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office announced via Twitter that authorities located Angela Hernandez, 23, of Portland, while responding to a report of a white Jeep with Oregon plates “over a cliff” off Highway 1. She was transported to a hospital for treatment.
Hernandez told California Highway Patrol officers she had been there since July 6, according to dispatch logs.
Last heard from on that day in Half Moon Bay, Hernandez was on her way to the Southern California city of Lancaster to visit family. Up until then, she had texted and called family multiple times per day.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office began searching for Hernandez but handed the investigation off to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after surveillance footage surfaced confirming she had traveled south on Highway 1 into Monterey County.
The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office spent Thursday and Friday scouring Highway 1 for Hernandez’s white 2011 Jeep Patriot, which was ultimately found near Nacimiento Fergusson Road.
Detective Rosemerry Blankswade, a spokeswoman for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, was relieved to hear Hernandez had been found.
“I know everyone on the West Coast and probably across the nation is thankful to know she is alive and on the road to recovery,” Blankswade said.
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