A missing woman has been found alive four days after she went missing, police said this week, thanks to the sharp observations of two men who saw her car crash in an Idaho canyon.
Penny Kay Clark, 72, was reported missing Nampa Police Department As he has not been in touch with his family since December 5, Dec. On the 9th, two men saw a vehicle matching the description of Clark’s car. According to a news release Police were notified by the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office of the incident, which occurred around 11:40 a.m. local time on Sunday, December 10th.
According to the sheriff’s office, the men said the car “looked like it went part way down” a canyon wall near Melba, Idaho. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the car about 200 feet away from the canyon wall.
Clark was in a ravine about 40 feet below the car, the sheriff’s office said.
Several agencies, including the sheriff’s office and Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue, were involved in efforts to rescue Clark. It was decided to reach her on foot. When members of the search and rescue team went to her around 1pm local time, they found Clark awake and alert.
The 72-year-old was stabilized and taken to medics on a nearby road. It took about two hours to get Clark from where he was found to the platform, the sheriff’s office said. At 3 p.m. local time, Clark was officially transferred to an ambulance and flown to an area hospital by a Life Flight Network helicopter after initial evaluation. As of Sunday, he was still being treated for his injuries. No information about his injuries has been shared publicly. His family was with him at the hospital, the sheriff’s office said.
Responding medics estimated Clark had been in the valley for “at least two days,” Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said in a news release, noting that he had been “high” since Tuesday when family passed by. Talked to her.
“This is one of the most amazing incidents I can recall in all my years in law enforcement, and it’s a true testament to the strength and power of Benny Clark,” Donahue said. “It’s truly a miracle, and I’m sure she’ll make a full recovery. … It’s been a real team effort.”
A similar incident occurred three months ago in California, when a motorist was found alive inside his vehicle after being trapped at the bottom of a ravine for nearly five days. The, and the driver was trapped inside the vehicle the entire time they disappeared. It took nearly two dozen emergency responders to free the driver.