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Missing hiker found with cat in New Mexico forest
Fox News ^ | 3/10/12

Posted on 03/10/2012 10:10:53 AM PST by martin_fierro

Missing hiker found with cat in New Mexico forest

Published March 10, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Snuggling in a blue sleeping bag, Margaret Page and her cat survived 3 1/2 weeks in a rugged New Mexico national forest, even though temperatures dropped below freezing nearly every night.

Family members reported her missing Feb 14. But for various reasons, authorities didn't start searching for her until this week. The 41-year-old Page, who has a history of mental illness, was found Wednesday emaciated and malnourished but well-hydrated.

Relying on a creek for drinking water, Page and her cat named Miya lived on just a handful of supplies, rescue workers said Friday. The nearest town -- tiny Dusty, N.M. -- was 10 miles away.

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

Page apparently purposefully hiked off a trail between Feb. 10 and Feb. 12. A Forest Service law enforcement agent spotted her silver Chevy passenger car on Feb. 12, but didn't think much of it because hikers leave vehicles near trails all the time, said Lt. Robert McDonald, a spokesman for the state police.

Another Forest Service agent noticed the car on Feb. 25 but didn't contact state police until 10 days later. Members of the Grant County Search and Rescue and other crews began the search for Page on Tuesday after her family notified state police that Page's car had been found at a campground.

She was found the following day about a mile up the Railroad Canyon Trail in an area known as the Black Range.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittehs; kittyping; newmexico; wtfiiwnm
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To: cripplecreek

I’d have been found well fed with fur lined socks and no idea where the cat went.


Dahmer? Is that you?

41 posted on 03/10/2012 2:01:00 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: JaguarXKE

With all due respect, you shouldn’t assume that questions, like the one I asked, was asked in callous fashion. Mine was factually based, with an honest desire to know.

Also, some of us do have a fair bit of experience with mental illness that it’s not really a big deal to have one, unless the person is potentially dangerous.

Take care.

42 posted on 03/10/2012 2:26:16 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
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43 posted on 03/10/2012 3:35:24 PM PST by LucyT
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To: fullchroma
Page survived by making her small amount of food last for three weeks and by drinking stream water.

That's one way to crash diet.

44 posted on 03/10/2012 6:00:02 PM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: martin_fierro

I’m thinking the cat was gonna eat her....kitteh just needed a little more time

45 posted on 03/10/2012 6:33:51 PM PST by wyokostur
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To: null and void

46 posted on 03/10/2012 10:40:59 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (If my candidate doesn't win the nomination I'm going to kick my feet, cry like a baby, and stay home)
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47 posted on 03/14/2012 3:57:45 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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