Woman lost 9 days in Arizona forest wrote ‘help’ in sticks

Woman lost 9 days in Arizona forest wrote ‘help’ in sticks

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – A woman lost in an Arizona forest survived for nine days by drinking pond water, eating plants and spelling out “help” on the ground with sticks.

The state Department of Public Safety says the sign helped lead rescuers to 72-year-old Ann Rodgers in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.

She went missing March 31 as she headed to visit her grandkids in Phoenix. Her car ran out of gas and was found three days later, leading to an exhaustive search.

Authorities found her dog April 9, and a flight crew spotted a “help” signal made of sticks and rocks on the ground. Rodgers had left the area, but she was found nearby after starting a signal fire.

Rodgers was rescued in fair condition and has been released from the hospital.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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