Missing Kauai hiker, 72, found alive


KEKAHA, Kauai (AP) — A 72-year-old woman who was missing since setting off for a weekend Kauai hike was found Monday alive and in good condition, authorities said.

Pamela Wilcox Dohrman, of Hanalei, was found Monday off the Kaluapuhi Trail in Kokee State Park, county officials said. Aside from some signs of dehydration, she appeared to be in good condition. Rescuers were walking her out of the trail, and she was expected to be examined by medics.

Dohrman was reported missing Saturday after she didn’t return from hiking. Family members told officials she left her Kokee cabin that afternoon.

About three dozen searchers from various state and county agencies searched until Sunday evening, unable to find any sign of her. She was found several hours after the search resumed Monday morning. Up to 60 volunteers, including her family, helped with the search.

The county planned to use a helicopter in Monday’s search but wasn’t able to because of inclement weather. Volunteers split up into groups and covered the trails on foot, and one team found her off the Kaluapuhi Trail at around 11:30 a.m.

The trail is described as one of the flattest trails on the island and as an easy hike. The trail is 2.5 miles roundtrip. It passes through a moist forest where several native forest birds can be found, according to the park’s website. It was not clear which trail she set out to hike Saturday.

 

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