National Park Service officials Friday announced that a Houston woman was found alive at Big Bend National Park in southwestern Texas after she went missing for more than a week.
“The hiker has been successfully found. She is currently en route to the hospital in Odessa, TX,” Big Bend spokesperson Tom VandenBerg told Fox News Digital.
Christy Perry, 25, rented a vehicle in Midland on Nov. 8, and parked the car at the Lost Mine Trailhead on Nov. 9, according to the National Park Service (NPS).
Perry was reported missing after she did not show up for her Nov. 9 reservation at a campground inside the park.
NPS said in a Thursday press release that authorities were searching the area for Perry. The Texas Game Wardens provided K-9 support for the search and rescue mission.
“We thank all involved parties, including our dedicated search and rescue team, partnering law enforcement agencies, and the local community for their unwavering support throughout the operation,” Big Bend National Park said in a Friday statement. “Our primary focus remains the safety and well-being of those who visit and explore Big Bend National Park.”
The Lost Mine Trail was closed Thursday as authorities searched for the missing hiker and asked other hikers who may have seen Perry on the trail between Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 to contact authorities.
“Information from other day hikers and backpackers is often extremely valuable,” NPS said.
Big Bend boasts 800,000 acres of desert and grassland, the Rio Grande and the Chisos Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert. It is considered a very remote area but one of the most diverse deserts in the Western Hemisphere, according to NPS.