Hiker and her cat in good shape after surviving for weeks in New Mexico forest

By Muriel Kane
Friday, March 9, 2012 19:50 EDT
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A hiker and her cat have been found in good shape after being missing for almost a month in a remote New Mexico forest.

Authorities said that 41-year-old Margaret Page, who had a sleeping bag for warmth and a nearby creek for water but had started off with only a bag of pretzels for food, had lost 20 to 25 pounds and was badly emaciated. However, her cat Miya was doing just fine.

“Her cat was in better shape than she was,” New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue incident commander Marc Levesque said. “Her cat was also hunting. (Page) ran out of food a while back.”

Page is an experienced back-packer but has a history of mental illness. It appears that she left the trail deliberately and set up camp, and it is not clear why she failed to return.

Family members reported her missing on February 14, just a few days after she vanished, but the Forest Service and state police were slow to respond. Her car was even towed away rather than being used to give search dogs a scent to follow.

“It looks to me like somebody dropped the ball on this one,” a member of the Search and Rescue team that found Page told a local paper.

This video is from the Associated Press, March 9, 2012.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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