Blackwell Woman Rescued After 5 Days in Ark. Woods

An Oklahoma woman was rescued after being lost in the woods of northern Arkansas for five days.

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell said Thursday that 53-year-old Linda Kay Arteaga of Blackwell, Okla., was in overall good condition after the ordeal.

Cassell told the Harrison Daily Times ( ) that Arteaga had cuts and bruises and was taken to a hospital for observation.

The sheriff says a searcher on an all-terrain vehicle found Arteaga.

Cassell says Arteaga was visiting relatives in the St. Joe area when her brother took her into the woods to teach her survival skills during a short hike. The pair became separated and Arteaga became lost.

More than 100 people joined the search.

Arteaga told the sheriff that she ate watercress plants and nuts while she was lost.

Information from: Harrison Daily Times,

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