Shortly after arriving in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest with her husband on a camping trip Friday, Sheryl Powell took her 5-pound dog Miley for a walk, KTLA reported.
Powell, 60, of Huntington Beach and Miley had not been seen since , the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.
On Monday, rescuers found a dog believed to be Miley about 2. 5 miles from Powell’s last known location, and then found Powell “resilient and strong but exhausted,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote Monday afternoon.
The search for Powell by multiple agencies, including a California Highway Patrol helicopter with thermal imaging equipment, had been in its fourth day in the White Mountains north of Death Valley near the California-Nevada border, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Her son, Greg Powell, had earlier posted to Facebook on Saturday complaining about the resources allocated to the search and expressing his fear that his mother had been abducted.
Sheryl Powell and her husband arrived Friday at Grandview Campground in the Inyo National Forest near Big Pine northeast of Fresno, the Orange County Register reported.
She took Miley, a Yorkshire terrier-poodle mix, on a bathroom break while her husband moved their Jeep, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office reported.
But by the time Joseph Powell finished moving the vehicle about five minutes later, his wife and Miley had vanished, KNBC reported. He searched for them for about an hour before contacting authorities on a satellite phone at 2 p.m.
Sheryl Powell had no food or water on her at the time of her disappearance, Greg Powell wrote on Facebook.
“My mom is the strongest and most incredible woman I know and I appreciate everyone’s support and time,” Farrah Powell wrote on Facebook, KTLA reported.