Missing Marysville woman, 95, rescued from trapped car
A missing Marysville woman was rescued after spending 11 hours trapped in her car Friday when passers-by on Highway 70 spotted the vehicle down a steep embankment, police said.
Genevieve Couch, 95, had been missing since 8:30 a.m., when she left her home on Foust Street but never arrived at her intended destination, a friend's home on Boyer Road. As of 2 p.m., family members had not heard from her and law enforcement began an extensive search.
Around 7:45 p.m., people walking south on Highway 70 near Laurellen Road spotted a Ford Focus sandwiched in the trees at the base of the embankment and ran for help, said California Highway Patrol officer Blas Jurado.
Couch was found cognizant and doing well, considering her situation, and taken to Rideout Memorial Hospital for treatment for scratches she sustained in trying to get out of the car, and possible dehydration.
"It's a very happy outcome," said Marysville police Sgt. Chris Sachs. "She is well and fine and no injuries. She had just been sitting there because she couldn't get out."
Her vehicle was pointed southwest in the trees with its flashers on, about 50 to 60 feet below the surface of the highway, invisible to passing vehicles.
"From what I understand, it was pretty hidden in the brush," Sachs said. "We had the CHP airplane that was up looking in that whole area and didn't spot it."
It's unknown what caused Couch to veer off the road.
"From everyone we talk to, she's very cognizant. She drives very well and it's a daily routine for her," Sachs said.
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