ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ( AP) — An Albuquerque woman who had been missing for nearly a month has been found alive in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, authorities said Thursday.

Search and rescue crews found 41-year-old Margaret Page on Wednesday in the forest in the state’s southwest after her car was spotted in the area, Albuquerque police spokesman officer Robert Gibbs said.

KRQE- TV reported that Page was found in a sleeping bag with her cat, who apparently never left her side. She was barely able to speak and lost one third of her body weight.

Page was initially reported missing in mid-February by her sister and a friend, according to missing person reports from the Albuquerque Police Department. Gibbs said she has a history of mental illness..

Gibbs said a National Forest Service officer located Page’s car in the park earlier in February but a search and rescue operation wasn’t started at that time. Gibbs said Page’s family contacted New Mexico State Police, and she was located not long after.



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