The woman missing while hiking in California said she was fortunate enough to be alive after escaping a man with knives who threatened her near the campsite in the remote White Mountains Lost, Huntington Beach, California, was reported missing by her husband on Friday afternoon after she disappeared as she explored the wilderness near Grandview Campsite with her dog on a walk.
Rescue teams raided the mountains over the weekend, searching for Powell on foot. On Monday morning, they found Powell's dog Miley. About two and a half hours later, the authorities located Powell, who was taken to a local hospital after dehydration and superficial injuries.
Powell, a seasoned wanderer, said a "stocky" man approached her while he was taking a break from the toilet. According to Powell, the man said, "The first thing that's going to happen here is that I use this knife for the dog, so if you do not let me down with you, I'll use it." To you of you.
Powell told "Today" Tuesday morning that she was afraid and "docile" to the man.
But when she found the right moment, she ran away from the man with her dog.
He persecuted me, "Powell said, but after the first day, she was focused on staying alive." I had to focus on how I got over that. "
Powell survived by eating cactus fruits and water "It tasted really good," she remarked.
The wilderness days near the Nevada border were hot, but the nights were cold, and her husband, Joe Powell, said she was Stay warm by wrapping themselves in unused dog sacks.
Powell wandered at night to dodge the rattlesnakes.
Powell saw the search helicopters looking for her but could see them go the wrong way Hoffnu ng to lose, "said Greg Powell, her son.
"That was staggering, luckily I'm here," Powell said. "I'm glad to be back with my family and to be here to tell my story, I did not know if I could do it."
On Monday, Joe Powell said Sheryl's return was "the happiest day of my life. "
The Inyo County Sheriff's Office, which led the search efforts, said the department" actively investigates the circumstances of the disappearance, "but has no further information at present.
Joe Powell said he and his wife would not stop camping, but they will arm themselves in the future to protect themselves from a disappearance attack.
He said the first thing his wife wanted after being found was "a cold kombucha"