Woman who went missing in Douglas County found by searchers

Fox told authorities that she went for a hike before becoming lost.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 11:54 AM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 2:10 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. —

UPDATE: Searchers have found a Eugene woman who went missing in Douglas County, according to an update from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO).

Shortly after noon on Friday, dispatch received a call from 24-year-old Hannah Fox's family reporting that she had been found safe.

"Emergency services were dispatched and found Fox to be alive and speaking with others on private timber lands approximately 3/4 of a mile from where her vehicle was left," DCSO said.

Fox told searchers that she had gone for a hike and became lost. She was in stable condition when crews arrived, but was taken to the hospital for an evaluation as a precaution.

Search and rescue teams had been looking for Fox since Tuesday — including ground search teams, K9 units, and people on ATVs or aircraft.

"The search terrain was a mix of heavy brush, timber and downed timber from the February snow event," DCSO said.

Fox was lost in an area surrounded by roads, homes, and small farms, the agency said. Fox reportedly heard the search parties but "did not respond to them." DCSO did not elaborate on that statement.

(Updated 9/6/19 at 2 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: Officials are searching for a 24-year-old Eugene woman after deputies discovered the car she was driving abandoned near the town of Drain.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said they have been looking for Hannah Justine Fox since Tuesday evening.

At about 9:50 p.m. on Sept. 3, deputies learned of a suspicious vehicle in the 1000 block of Umpqua Highway 99 outside of Drain. They said it was a silver 2004 Toyota Camry, and it was parked near the gate of a private property, but no one was around it. The vehicle was unlocked and there were several valuable items inside, deputies said.

Deputies contacted the registered owner of the vehicle and learned that Fox had been driving the car. She was last seen Monday, Sept. 2, and has no ties to Douglas County, deputies said.

She is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and 155 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

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