Mary Joanna Gomez, 56, from Mississippi was found alive and in stable condition by National Park Service personnel on the afternoon of Monday, October 28. She has been in contact with her family and will be reunited with them shortly.
Gomez was found off trail about 3.5 miles from her vehicle over rocky and steep terrain. She spent two nights without shelter in sub-freezing temperatures.
A California Air National Guard aircraft C-130 first located an SOS spelled out with rocks on the ground and later identified a person nearby.
Ground searchers responded and were able to find Gomez cold, thirsty, and hungry, but in otherwise good health.
Details were requested via the parks’ public information officer as to where Gomez was found. The reasoning is that local hikers and those in the hospitality industry who recommend hikes to visitors should be made aware if there is a trail that might cause confusion to a hiker and cause them to become disoriented. No information was provided as a result of this request.