Search plane pilot finds missing woman safe

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EUREKA, Nev. (KOLO)-- UPDATE: A missing woman has been reunited with her family after being stranded in an area of rural northwestern Utah with no cellphone service for a week before a search plane’s pilot spotted her.

Photos courtesy Eureka County Sheriff's Office

Emergency crews say Michelle Richan was prepared for her drive home to Utah from Nevada, with food and other essentials for survival.

She had gotten gas in Wells, Nevada, then got stuck in mud in Box Elder County, Utah. A pilot spotted her March 26, 2019 and a search and rescue crew pulled her SUV from the mud.

EARLIER INFORMATION: The Eureka County Sheriff’s Office says efforts have been suspended in Eureka to find a woman who was supposed to drive to Utah from Eureka, and was reported missing.

The Sheriff's Office says it has confirmed video of 47-year-old Michelle Richan in Carlin, Nevada March 19, 2019 at 11:30AM.

The investigation has been turned over to the Brigham City Police Department, along with the other agencies along the route Michelle would have traveled.

Richan was scheduled to drive to Brigham City, Utah, in her beige 2000 GMC Jimmy with Utah license plate 2C5JW.

The sheriff’s office describes her as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 147 pounds with purple hair and green eyes.


Photo courtesy Eureka County Sheriff's Office
Photo courtesy Eureka County Sheriff's Office