72-year-old woman lost in Arizona forest for 9 days.

When 72-year-old Ann Rodgers decided to go and visit her grandchildren, little did she know she will get lost in the forest!

Ann Rodgers went missing March 31, 2016 as she headed to visit her grandchildren in Phoenix, Arizona. Rodgers got lost and her hybrid vehicle ran out of gas and electric power, authorities say.

For 9 days, she struggled in the forest drinking pond water, eating plants and spelling out "HELP" on the ground with sticks.

The sign “HELP” lead rescuers to Ann Rodgers, 72, in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, the state Department of Public Safety said. Rodgers declined to comment when reached by the Associated Press.

Authorities came across her dog April 9, and a rescue flight crew spotted a "HELP" signal made of sticks and rocks on the ground. Rodgers had left the area, but she was found nearby on the Fort Apache Reservation after starting a signal fire.

She was rescued in fair condition and taken to the hospital where she was examined, according to source

Rodgers has a Tucson-region area code, but it was not clear where she lives or how she wound up in the eastern part of the state. The drive from Tucson to Phoenix is a straight shot on Interstate 10, which does not run through the area where she was found.

Rodgers' rescue comes after three men who spelled out "HELP" with palm fronds were saved from a remote Pacific island last week. They swam to a tiny Micronesian island when their boat capsized, and searchers spotted them two days later.

 

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