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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

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell said Thursday morning about 75 volunteers on foot, horse back and all-terrain vehicles started searching the area for Arteaga.

Arteaga was wearing a T-shirt, jeans and flip flops when she started her hike. She quickly lost the flip flops. To survive, she ate watercress, nuts and berries and drank water from a creek.

Friend said that doctors think some of the berries that Arteaga and Huff ate while lost might have been toxic and caused them to become confused. The berries' toxins and dehydration might have caused Huff to hallucinate.

Cassell said Arteaga told him she had prayed every night that God would keep her safe and help her get out of the woods.

“She said she knew he was there with her,” Cassell said. “She gave God the glory that he got her out.”

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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