Woman found at Cape Hatteras National Seashore after becoming lost while walking in woods

Posted at 4:39 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 16:39:16-04

BUXTON, N.C. - A missing 31-year-old woman was found after becoming lost while walking in the woods near the boundary of the Buxton Woods Reserve.

Around 9:00 p.m. on Friday, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) Rangers worked with the U.S. Coast Guard, Dare County Sheriff's Office, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as part of a search and rescue operation to locate the 31-year-old missing woman.

The woman was temporarily located by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, but she became lost again. Search and rescue efforts were suspended until Saturday morning.

After restarting the search Saturday morning, around 7:30 am, a ranger reported finding the woman walking near the Seashore's administrative housing area on Loggerhead Lane.

"The Seashore appreciates being part of such a dedicated team of county, state, federal, and volunteer organizations that help to protect public safety. I thank all of the emergency services personnel that spent the night searching through thick woods and in the air to search for the lost individual,” stated David Hallac, Superintendent of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina.