Hiker found alive after missing for 9 days in Fresno County foothills

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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Miyuki Harwood, 62, was found alive, but injured, east of Courtright Reservoir after she had been missing for nine days.

FRESNO, Calif. -- A Sacramento-area hiker missing for nine days in the Fresno County foothills has been found alive, but injured.

Fresno County sheriff's deputies say they spotted Miyuki Harwood, 62, of Orangevale, Saturday morning in an area east of Courtright Reservoir. Authorities say she has broken bones.

Harwood went missing during a hike last week near Horsehead Lake with the Sierra Club. The Rough Fire, which slowed rescue efforts from the beginning, forced some delays in rescue efforts Saturday as well.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter flew Harwood to Community Regional Medical Center in Downtown Fresno for further medical evaluation. Sheriff Margaret Mims says Harwood is conscious and speaking.

Family members are ecstatic she's alive and thankful to the search and rescue teams.