After a four-day search, missing hiker Sheryl Powell, 60, has been located on Monday and taken to a local hospital, officials say.
Inyo County Police Department said in a statement that Powell is "resilient and strong but exhausted after being lost in an extremely remote area above Big Pine, CA."
Powell was first reported missing by her husband Joe on Friday afternoon, while the two were camping in a remote area near Bishop, California.
A 60-year-old woman, who went missing on Friday, has been found on Monday in an "extremely" remote area of California and taken to a local hospital, concluding a four-day search for the hiker, according to local police.
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The Inyo County Sheriff's Office reported Sheryl Powell was found at 2 p.m. local time on Monday near Montenegro Springs, describing her as being "resilient and strong but exhausted after being lost in an extremely remote area above Big Pine, CA."
"We are beyond grateful for the continued support from her family, local residents, visitors, and the media," the police said in a statement. "We also cannot thank our assisting agencies enough for their amazingly hard work in difficult terrain throughout this 4-day search."
Hours before finding Sheryl, the police also found the Powell's family dog, Miley, about 2.5 miles from where Sheryl was last seen.
Farrah Powell, Sheryl's daughter, shared in a Facebook post that Monday was "the happiest day of our lives," with a photo of the Powell family surrounding the mother's hospital bed.
More details regarding Sheryl's disappearance are expected to follow, according to the police statement.
She disappeared without a trace on Friday while camping with her husband in a remote part of California.
Joe Powell told authorities that his wife, Sheryl, went missing shortly after they selected a camp site at the Grandview Campground near Bishop, California, on Friday, according to a press release from the Inyo County Sheriff's Office.
While he went to re-park their car, Joe said his wife got out to take their dog for a quick walk.
When he returned to the site, she was gone.
After searching for his wife for an hour, Joe called 911 from the satellite phone in their car.
Multiple law enforcement agencies aided in the search for the Huntington Beach woman in the past days, including a helicopter equipped with thermal imaging.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, the couple's son, Greg Powell, said he thought there was a high likelihood that his mother was abducted, but that the police were "refusing to acknowledge" that theory.
Officials said they treated Sheryl's disappearance as an active search and rescue mission.
"At this time, we don't have like any proven suspects, and we don't have evidence to point directly to criminal activity, but we're looking at all possibilities," Sgt. Nathaniel Derr, a search and rescue coordinator with Inyo County Sheriff's Office, said, according to NBC News.
Updated: This post has been updated with new information.