Daily Revolt

September 28, 2007

Woman Found Alive in Car After 8 Days

Miracles do happen:
A woman who had been missing for eight days was found alive Thursday in her car at the bottom of a steep ravine after searchers traced a signal from her cell phone.

Tanya Rider, 33, responded to her name when her car was found along a highway in suburban Seattle, State Patrol Sgt. Dave Divis said.

[...]"She looks very pale, very dehydrated. She didn't have a lot of cuts but had difficulty breathing," Merrill said.

[...]Her car tumbled about 20 feet down the ravine and lay buried below heavy brush and blackberry bushes. Rescuers had to cut the roof off to get her out.

Tom Rider said he was sitting down to take a lie-detector test at the sheriff's office so officers could exclude him as a suspect in his wife's disappearance when officers told him the car had been found.

"I wanted to make sure they weren't focusing on me, that they were focusing on Tanya," he said.

Tom Rider had offered a $25,000 reward for any information leading to his wife's return.

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