Girl, 17, Is Found After
Being Missing 8 Days
SEATTLE -- After eight days, the family of Laura Hatch, 17, had given her up for dead, and sheriff's deputies had written her off as a runaway. Then she was found, badly hurt and severely dehydrated, but alive and conscious, in the back seat of a crumpled car, 200 feet down a ravine.
A volunteer searcher who said she had had several vivid dreams of a wooded area found the wrecked car in the trees Sunday. Hatch remained hospitalized Monday in serious condition.
Hatch was last seen at a party Oct. 2. When she was not seen the next day, her family filed a missing person's report.
The initial search was slowed because there had been underage drinking at the party, and the young people who attended would not say where it had been held, sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart said.
"We had already given her up and let her be dead in our hearts," her mother, Jean, told KOMO-TV. Her daughter survived eight days without food or water.
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-- From News Services