Missing Portland woman who vanished along California coast found alive

Pauline Gross
July 15, 2018

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 OR plates "over the cliff" off Highway 1.

The money raised is now to be donated to Ms Hernandez, her sister said.

Monterey County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Thornburg said: "It's usually the fall that gets them, or the ocean that gets them, and she was lucky to survive both".

Monterey County sheriff's Cmdr. But it wasn't until the night of July 14 that hikers spotted her vehicle at the foot of a cliff and reported it to a campground host that a rescue team located Hernandez-at the bottom of a 200-foot drop-still conscious and able to walk.

'Angela was found about 200 feet down a cliff. This is very traumatic and will be a slow recovery process, ' her sister Isabel wrote. She was transported by ambulance to a waiting helicopter, then taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, SFGate.com reported.

Angela Hernandez was found alive after vanishing for a week
Angela Hernandez was found alive after vanishing for a week

Hernandez was driving from OR to her sister's home in southern California when she went missing, officials said.

She and her vehicle were last seen on a CCTV camera at a petrol station on 6 July, 50 miles north of where she was found.

"I just want to thank everybody that helped", Hernandez's sister, Isabel Hernandez, told the news station through tears. "She's a fighter and she fought this long and she will continue to".

Hernandez told her rescuers she had been at the bottom of the cliff for a week. A signal from her cell phone had last been detected last Saturday, but disappeared shortly thereafter.

He didn't say if Hernandez had any food, but said she survived by using the radiator hose from the vehicle to divert water from a nearby creek.

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