It was a search that lasted all night and into Tuesday morning–while they can’t all end with someone being found safe, rescuers are glad this one did.
“This happens to be a good day,” said Ray Mooney with Klass Kids. After a full night of searching, this wrapped up pretty quickly Tuesday morning. One of the first search teams of the morning found her not far from the parking lot.
“After they reentered the woods and started to work back the grid they had started with yesterday they located the female she apparently heard them inside the woods and hollered out they were able to get to her she was sitting on the side of a creek bank,” said Baldwin County Sheriff “Hoss” Mack. It may seem unusual for a 38-year-old woman to voluntarily leave her family and go missing but the sheriff’s office said Hurley is bipolar and autistic. She may have continued to move in the woods while searchers were looking for her overnight. She was taken to a Florida hospital for observation but is expected to be okay.
“It’s great, we had more than 100 searchers who aided us throughout the night and even again this morning and everything is real good and this story has a happy ending,” said Sheriff Mack. Terri wood works at the welcome center and the story touched her because she has an autistic son.
“If it was him out there, I would want everyone looking for him too,” said Wood. She was happy this search ended with the woman being found safe.