Air Search Leads Rescuers To Missing Grand Junction Woman

A Grand Valley woman last seen Saturday was found Tuesday in Mesa County. Laura Lee Luebke spent three nights on her own in the wilderness before volunteers with the Mesa County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team found her. The incident started Saturday afternoon when the 37–year–old hairdresser from grand junction got separated from her husband while on a day–hike in the Little Park area.

Family members reported her missing on Sunday when she failed to show up for her shift at work. Search and rescue teams got to work Monday afternoon. Tuesday morning riders on A.T.V.s and horse–mounted teams from the Mesa County Sheriff's Posse continued the search.

A helicopter from Olathe joined the effort and at around 11:00 AM footprints were spotted, and the helicopter pilot reported seeing some cloth in the trees. After two full days of searching for Luebke, volunteers with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office got the break they had been waiting for when they heard a woman's voice and got visual contact from the helicopter soon after.

A S.A.R.C. helicopter rescued Luebke and transported her to the Little Park command post where she was taken in an ambulance to Saint Mary's Hospital for treatment for dehydration.
Investigators say their next step is to find out how Luebe got separated from her ex–husband during their hike.

When rescuers found Luebke they say she was barefoot, but alert and oriented.

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