Maureen Kelly, 19, is missing in the vast wooded lands of the Pacific Northwest, armed only with a compass, small knife and her naked body, reports KPTV.
Here’s what you need to know about this bizarre story…
1. She Set Out On a Naked Spiritual Quest
One of Maureen Kelly’s friends says she left their campsite, Canyon Creek Campground in southwest Washington State, at around 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9, and set out for what her friend calls “a naked spiritual quest.” Her friends didn’t raise an alarm until the following day as Kelly never gave them an indication as to when she would return.
2. Her Brother Says She Isn’t Prepared For the Great Outdoors
Her brother said although she was comfortable in the outdoors, she was not as prepared as he would have liked. Rescue officials have also raised concerns about the temperature within the wooded area. Monday night’s temperatures dropped to the low 50s, not to mention the concerns about the wildlife that live in the forest. Camper Liz Newland told KPTV:
It’s super cold at night and without clothes. I really don’t see how it’s possible.
3. She Entered the Woods at its Most Dangerous Point
Having entered the woods by Canyon Creek, Kelly picked the steepest area, thick with brush, officials believe that entering the park barefoot like that would be highly dangerous, according to Seattle Times.
4. Searches Are Utilizing Ground Command Systems
The search efforts are focusing on ground searches for Kelly as of right now and have not used air or water searches according to Q13 FOX News.
5. The Search is Now Crossing State Lines
Local authorities have contacted search and rescue teams in Oregon in case Kelly has been able to cross state lines. With her footprints having left all known trails, the reality is she could be anywhere in the vast forest.