Woman lost 9 days in Arizona forest wrote ‘help’ in sticks

A woman lost in an Arizona forest survived for nine days by drinking pond water, eating plants and spelling out “help” on the ground with sticks.

The state Department of Public Safety says the sign helped lead rescuers to 72-year-old Ann Rodgers in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.

She went missing March 31 as she headed to visit her grandkids in Phoenix. Her car ran out of gas and was found three days later, leading to an exhaustive search.

Authorities found her dog April 9, and a flight crew spotted a “help” signal made of sticks and rocks on the ground. Rodgers had left the area, but she was found nearby after starting a signal fire.

Rodgers was rescued in fair condition and has been released from the hospital.

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