CLAY COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A woman was found alive in rural Clay County Saturday morning, nearly three days after she disappeared.
Victoria Hudson, 23, of Oktibbeha County, was found by search and rescue near a power line in the Cedar Bluff area, according to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott.
Scott says his department is still investigating the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
"It's been a strenuous three days. No one wanted to go home until the job was done," Scott said.
Hudson was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center - West Point for treatment. She was suffering from dehydration.
Hudson was last heard from Thursday morning when her vehicle ran off of Mhoon Valley Road in the Cedar Bluff area west of West Point. She apparently had called 911.
Although search and rescue crews found her sport utility vehicle Thursday morning, Hudson was no where to be seen.
Volunteers battled heat and difficult terrain.
"We've had everything involved. We've had helicopters. We had drones. We've had people on horseback. We had people on four-wheelers, even people in kayaks going down the creeks," Scott said.
Up to 100 volunteers along with law enforcement from various agencies including the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security assisted in this search.
The sheriff says he's thankful for the community support and the direction from the Regional Task Force.
"These guys were able to actually pinpoint the grid-search areas, and in the end, it paid off. It took a little longer because of her moving. She left the car," Scott said.
According to the sheriff, Hudson spent at least one night in a deer stand.
Scott says Hudson's mother described her daughter's discovery as an "answered prayer."