Lost Oklahoma woman found alive in Arkansas woods

Linda Arteaga, 53, had been lost for five days. She and her brother Eddie Huff, 56, went hiking Saturday, and in the midst of the hike, got lost.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: September 27, 2012
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Shelly Friend didn't know if they would find her aunt alive.

Linda Arteaga, 53, of Blackwell, had been missing in the woods of north-central Arkansas for five days, and the odds were not in her favor.

The teams of police and emergency officials called it a “search and recover” mission, not “search and rescue.”

“You understood they were looking for a body, not a survivor, and that's what we were kind of expecting,” said Friend, who lives in north-central Arkansas.

But at noon Thursday, a volunteer on an all-terrain vehicle found Arteaga about two miles from where she started, in a wooden region close to St. Joe, Ark.

Arteaga She and her brother Eddie Huff, 56, went hiking Saturday, and in the midst of the hike, got lost.

Huff and Arteaga got separated, and Huff made it out of the woods Monday.

He told Friend that he and Arteaga had gotten lost, and that he thought he saw Arteaga, safe on the porch of a family member's nearby house.

It became clear to Friend, though, that Arteaga was missing Wednesday when Huff asked her if she had seen Arteaga.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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