[UPDATE 10:07 a.m.: Phone Used to Locate Missing Woman] Trapped for Days After Car Accident, Missing Elderly Woman Found With Her Two Dogs
Officer Cy May of the California Highway Patrol confirmed this morning that a 70-year-old woman was found alive yesterday with only minor injuries after being trapped for several days in her 2003 gold Mitsubishi Montero after a car crash near Orick.
May said that he is still gathering information on the crash and expects to release more information later this morning. However, he was able to tell us that Eureka Police “took a missing person report on Susan Minx on the 8th” of September. The woman was traveling from Eureka to Crescent City and never reached her destination.
At this point, May isn’t sure how the woman was found but promises to release more information soon.
UPDATE 10:07 a.m.: Press release from the CHP:
On the afternoon of Sunday, September 10, an elderly driver was located after being missing for several days.
On Friday September 8, 2017, Eureka Police Department took a missing persons report on Susan C. Minx, 70, of Crescent City. Minx had been missing since Wednesday September 7th when she began driving from Eureka to Crescent City. Multiple agencies including CHP, US Forest Service, State Parks and National Parks Service began searching the area of US-101 in hopes to locate Minx. Emergency personnel were able to determine that her cell phone last signaled in the area of Prairie Creek State Park. On Sunday September 10, 2017, at approximately 1230 pm, National Parks Service Fire Crew searched the area on foot and located Minx, conscious, trapped within her vehicle. Her vehicle was approximately 50 yards off of US-101, down a steep embankment, and not visible from the roadway. They were able to extricate Minx and her two dogs from the vehicle. Minx was transported to Mad River Hospital with minor injuries.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation. Humboldt CHP would like to thank all the Agencies who assisted in located and rescuing Mrs. Minx.