A teacher from Modesto, Jamie Tull, was found alive, weeks later. The woman’s car crashed and she went missing. She was found by a ranch manager and search volunteers, near a fence less than a mile away from where the car crashed.
“I did not wake up this morning thinking that I would find Jamie. It’s a miracle that we did,” said a family friend, Robert Carpenter.
Tull was found by searchers on Friday morning, a few miles away from Planada. Volunteers had planned to come to the original site of the crash and look for Tull in the surrounding area one last time. During the search, Mario Bianchi saw something unusual in the field.
“I see something out of the ordinary, looked like a set of knees. All of a sudden we got close. ‘Oh, my God, that’s her.’ And we wondered if she was alive and she said, ‘I’m alive,’” said Bianchi.
Vern Warnke, Merced County Sheriff said that Tull had suffered extremely bad sunburns, was dehydrated and malnourished when she was found but Tull said that she did not want to be rescued.
“When we were treating her here we were talking to her about getting her to the hospital. She didn’t want anything to do with that, she wanted some food and water, and then let her go.”
Searchers also found a few of her belongings by a windmill in the field. She had survived by eating insects and drank water from a cow trough nearby.
After being treated at the site, she was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Authorities mentioned that Tull was on medication for emotional issues but had not been taking them around the time when the car crashed.
Due to the tall grass, it was difficult to find Tull, especially since she was moving around. Tull’s parents did not comment on her disappearance and rescue.