The 23-year-old Oregon woman who was last seen south of Half Moon Bay last week was found alive and taken to a hospital after a search and rescue team found her vehicle over a cliff off Highway 1 in an unincorporated area of Monterey County near Big Sur on Friday evening, officials said.
Angela Hernandez’s relatives told police they believe she may have taken a dangerous winding road over the coastal range south of Big Sur. Hernandez had been driving from Portland to her sister’s home in Southern California, according to family.
A man and woman walking around the area where Hernandez’s Jeep is believed to have plunged off a cliff found the missing woman with an injured shoulder Friday evening, said Monterey County Sheriff’s Commander John Thornburg.
Just before 7 p.m. Friday, personnel with the sheriff’s office rescue team responded to the passersby call for help and found Hernandez’s 2011 White Jeep Patriot over the cliff, and Hernandez just below the car, walking and talking, despite the shoulder injury, Thornburg said.
Missing Oregon woman found alive, taken to hospital after deputies respond to Jeep over Highway 1 cliff
It’s unclear how far the car traveled off the cliff, Thornburg said.
By 7:13 p.m. Friday, officials announced Hernandez was found and was being taken to a nearby trauma center. Thornburg described her as alert when officers responded to the scene.
He said officials are unclear when her car went over the cliff, but estimate she may have been there for a number of days.
Personnel with California State Parks, Big Sur Fire and California Highway Patrol were still at the scene Friday night to determine what led up to Hernandez’s car going over the cliff.
Hernandez drove into Monterey County on Highway 1 about 9:30 a.m. on July 6, according to San Mateo County Sheriff’s officials.
She was seen on surveillance camera footage from businesses along Highway 1, officials said.
Investigators with the San Mateo Sheriff’s Office detected a signal lasat Saturday from Hernandez’s phone bouncing off a tower near Davenport in Santa Cruz County, roughly 40 miles south of Half Moon Bay. The signal disappeared by Monday.