Elderly Shady Cove woman rescued from wilderness

Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies found an 86-year-old woman who got lost in the woods late Thursday morning following a two-hour search.

Beatrice Pulliam, 86, of Shady Cove was found after she became lost about 11:55 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 driving up Sawyer Road, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's office.

Pulliam left earlier in the morning to take her dog to the dog groomer. During the drive, she became confused and thought she was driving down the mountain road, when in fact she was headed uphill away from town.

She drove all the way up the dirt road and eventually took an off road trail.

Pulliam used her cell phone to call a friend for help, but couldn't get reception. The Jackson County Sheriff's office pinged her cell phone and determined an area to search. Due to Pulliam's remote location, the Sheriff's office called in air support, and within 10 minutes of flying, located her and the vehicle. Without the air support assistance, deputies would have had to hike the area on foot, and locating Pulliam could have taken up to two days, said Andrea Carlson, of the Jackson County Sheriff's office.

Deputies were able to hike through the forest to Pulliam and take her to safety. Additional help and equipment was called in to free her vehicle, which was wedged between several logs. Pulliam and her dog are both safe and in good condition.

— Mandy Valencia

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