OROVILLE (CBS13) – A woman who has been missing for nearly a week has been found alive after her SUV was spotted buried in snow.
Paula Beth James, 68, was last seen at her Oroville home on January 9. She was believed to have taken off in her Toyota 4Runner. Her family members believed James may have gotten disoriented and lost.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office put out an alert asking for people to keep an eye out for her and a Silver Alert was sent out by California Highway Patrol.
On Wednesday just before noon, the sheriff’s office says one of their helicopters searching the area near Butte Meadows, a rural community just over 30 miles northeast of Chico, spotted a vehicle matching the description of James’.
With the car buried in snow, the helicopter went in for a landing so that two employees could hike over to it and investigate.
— Butte County Sheriff (@ButteSheriff) January 15, 2020
James was found alive inside and was rescued.
No other information about James’ condition is being released at this point.