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Man Checking Home's Security Camera Spots 'SOS' in Driveway

Woman lost in Aussie bush for 3 days stumbled on empty vacation home being monitored remotely
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2019 10:31 AM CDT
Updated Oct 20, 2019 10:05 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Deborah Pilgrim wasn't too lucky when she wandered away from her friends during a camping trip outside Adelaide over the weekend—the 55-year-old ended up losing track of where she was in the Australian bush and vanished for three days. Where her luck changed for the better, per NBC News: She stumbled upon an empty vacation home in the middle of nowhere monitored by a security camera that the homeowner occasionally checked remotely. "I just kept wandering and laid low at night," Pilgrim now tells ABC Australia of her ordeal that began early Sunday morning, adding, "I tried to stay out of the sun and stay alive. I just knew that it was my job."

While she was trying to find her way back, police and volunteers were looking for her on foot, horses, and motorcycles, as well as with a helicopter and drones, all worried about how Pilgrim would fare trudging through a landscape filled with venomous snakes. She tells 7NEWS she came across several empty properties as she wandered, and that she'd leave notes and wave at cameras if there were any on-site. Fortunately, the lost woman finally found her way to a home owned by Neil Marriott, who'd recently installed CCTV cameras due to a bunch of break-ins. When he checked his camera feeds on Tuesday, he spotted an "SOS" scrawled in the dirt of his driveway and called the cops, who found Pilgrim at a nearby property that had running water. South Australia Police say Pilgrim is in good health. Pilgrim, for her part, notes the whole experience has been "overwhelming." (Read more missing person stories.)

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