CLEARATER COUNTY, Idaho—A North Idaho woman recovered early Tuesday after spending nearly 24 hours lost in the woods.
The Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office received word Helen Alocco, 66, had attempted to walk to Orofino from Cascade Drive.
Police said Alocco and her husband Carl, 60, left Sunday morning to go for a drive on Cascade Drive. He said around 10 A.M., their truck became stuck in deep snow. Carl said they attempted to get out but were unsuccessful.
After spending the night in the truck, Helen and her dog took off around 7 A.M. to try and walk back to Orofino to get help. Around 12:30 P.M., Carl managed to get the car out and make it back to town. He contacted police after he was unable to locate Helen.
The Clearwater County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was activated with dog and vehicle teams. Around midnight on Tuesday morning, crews located Helen on Cooper Road located off of Cascade Drive. Search crews found her when her dog barked at the ATV’s they were riding. It was determined Helen walked approximately 12 to 14 miles before being located.
Helen was in good health but cold. Crews said she found shelter near a tree and had tried to start a fire to spend the night. Crews transported Helen back to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office to be reunited with Carl. She is expected to be okay.