Missing Woman, Cat Found After Month in Forest
Woman survives weeks stranded in New Mexico national park
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2012 12:33 AM CST
Updated Mar 9, 2012 4:32 AM CST
Page was reported missing on February 12.   (Albuquerque police)

(Newser) – A woman who had been missing for nearly a month was found starving but still alive in New Mexico's Gila National Forest. Search crews say 41-year-old Margaret Page was stranded in the forest for weeks, surviving on creek water and the food she had brought with her, and lost close to a third of her body weight. Her cat—described as "sluggish and thin"—stayed by her side, reports the Las Cruces Sun-News.

When the rescue crew called in to tell the operations chief that they had found her, "my chin dropped, and I said, 'Is she alive?'" he recalled. "They said, 'She's alive. And she's got a cat.'" Page —who had told her family she was going to Florida—was reported missing in early February. Forest Service workers spotted Page's car by the trailhead almost a month ago, but they didn't run the plates until two weeks later, and it was another 10 days before police were informed, sparking a search that found her in an hour.

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homebuilding
Mar 12, 2012 8:13 AM CDT
The frequency of events like this are astonishingly low. We have only cursory information, at best. While some of this strains credulity, it's of little of value to blame this lady or the Forest Service. It would be fair to observe that very few people are prepared well for difficulties, of any kind--many assuming that 'all problems in life can be solved by a phone call.' It remains good advice to 'be prepared' and use the buddy system.
Antagonist
Mar 10, 2012 5:08 AM CST
Stupid Bitch. I guess she doesn't eat pussy
BCS
Mar 9, 2012 5:29 PM CST
Way to survive. well done, you and the cat.