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October 5, 2012

Missing hiker found in local park

ROCKWOOD — A 73-year-old Pittsburgh woman has been found after she went missing overnight at Laurel Ridge State Park.

Officials with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources say Jane Connelly became disoriented when she was on the Laurel Highlands hiking trail and was reported missing about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say the woman had been hiking with someone else in the state-owned park when they became separated.

The woman had her dog with her, and took shelter overnight, using the animal to keep warm until searchers found her about 8:30 a.m. Friday.

The 13,625-acre park covers portions of Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties about 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Officials say the woman planned to get checked out by her own doctor as a precaution.


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