Here’s a story that feels ripped right out of an early 90s teenage survival film (think A Cry in the Wild). As reported by The Independent, a teenage girl from Bellingham, Washington was found on Highway 20, which runs next to Washington State’s North Cascades National Park. Autumn Veatch, 16, had hiked for days through the wilderness after her small plane went down on the way to Lynden, Washington.
Veatch was reportedly travelling with her grandparents, Leland and Sharon Bowman, but authorities have not made any comment as to the couple’s fate. Veatch managed to flag down a passing motorist and was driven 30 miles to the isolated village of Mazama, where emergency personnel were called. According to Scott Graham, chief executive of Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, Washington, the teenager, “sustained no life-threatening injuries and is somewhat dehydrated due to being out in the elements.”
According to her father, David Veatch, he had no idea that Autumn had gotten on the plane and found out only after it went missing. Rescuers have begun focusing their efforts on finding the plane wreckage and Veatch’s missing grandparents.
(via: The Independent)