Hiker missing for a month found with her cat in forest

12:20 PM, Mar 9, 2012   |    comments
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A woman who had been missing for nearly month in a New Mexico national forest has been found in a sleeping bag with her cat by her side.

Authorities said 41-year-old Margaret Page was found Wednesday in Gila National Forest around a mile up the Railroad Canyon Trail, where she had gone hiking with her cat around Feb. 10.

Dave Kuthe, search crew leader, told the Silver City Sun News said that Page was found malnourished and emaciated but well-hydrated. Authorities believed she had probably stayed alive by drinking water from a nearby creek and fed her cat, Miya, her cat, with cat food she had packed.

Kuthe said Page checked herself out of Gila Regional Medical Center late Wednesday and spent the night in a Silver City hotel.

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