Today, Sept. 6, shortly after 12:15 p.m., 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call from a family member reporting that Hannah Justine Fox, who had been reported missing Sept. 3, had been located. Emergency services were dispatched and found Fox to be alive and speaking with others on private timber lands approximately 3/4 of a mile from where her vehicle was left.
Fox had gone for a hike and became lost. She was found in stable condition but was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for evaluation.
Search crews began looking for her last Tuesday, when deputies were alerted to a suspicious vehicle in the 1000-block of Umpqua Highway 99 outside of Drain. Deputies found the vehicle, a silver 2004 Toyota Camry, parked near a private property gate, but no one was around it. The vehicle was unsecured with several items of value inside.
The registered owner of the vehicle was contacted by telephone. Deputies learned the vehicle had been being operated by 24-year-old Fox of Eugene. She had last been seen Monday, Sept. 2, and had no ties to Douglas County.
Crews had been working diligently to locate her. Efforts included ground search teams, K9 teams, ATV resources and air resources. The search terrain was a mix of heavy brush, timber and downed timber from the February snow event.
The area Fox was missing in was surrounded by roads, residences and small farms. Fox reported hearing searchers in the area, but did not respond to them.