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Woman found in wilderness after spelling S-O-S with rocks

Courtesy CNN
Posted at 6:55 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 19:55:35-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Mississippi woman who vanished on a visit to Sequoia National Park in California was spotted by a helicopter rescue crew after she spelled S-O-S with rocks in a wilderness area.

The National Park Service says Mary Joanna Gomez of Jackson was found safe Monday after three days. Officials say the 56-year-old was cold, thirsty and hungry but otherwise in good health.

Gomez released a statement thanking rescuers and saying she was bruised but regaining her strength.

A California Air National Guard aircraft saw the S-O-S and then spotted Gomez off-trail a few miles from where her car was discovered over the weekend.

Gomez, a traveling nurse based in San Francisco, said Thursday she intended to visit Sequoia. She was reported missing on Friday after not showing up for work.