Missing female hiker is found

A 68-year-old woman who went hiking with her husband last Sunday and had been reported missing was found Monday morning at the Laderan Tanki near Radar in Marpi.

Derek Gersonde, spokesman of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said the missing hiker was found at 9:50am by members of the DFEMS Search and Rescue Unit, assisted by a dog from the K9 Unit.

Emergency medical technicians first checked the hiker for injuries and then turned her over to her husband.

Gersonde said investigation showed that the couple, who are from Guam, started their hike in Marpi last Sunday at 3pm, and both tried to make it out before nightfall, but decided to stay for the night due to darkness.

Early the next morning, Monday, the couple began hiking back. The woman then felt weak and dehydrated. The husband went ahead to their car for water. When he returned, his wife was nowhere to be found. He called DPS 911 for help.

Gersonde said DFEMS received the 911 call about the missing hiker at 8:30am.
Gersonde said the husband led the search crew to where he last saw his wife. The search crew then searched the jungle and soon tracked her down.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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