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Search and Rescue located a 29-year-old Santa Fe woman missing for 48 hours near the Bandelier Campgrounds.
Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said a few moments ago that a cousin of Thiliay Lama reported her missing at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. She had apparently experienced relationship issues and decided to take a hike to think about things.
“It appears she got turned around because she usually hikes in Santa Fe and was unfamiliar with this area,” Purtymun said from the scene.
Bandelier Park Rangers discovered Lama’s car parked near the Bandelier campground. They conducted a cursory search before calling the Los Alamos Police Department.
LAPD contacted New Mexico Search and Rescue who looked for Lama until calling off the search at 3 a.m. today.
They resumed the search at about 8 today and found her very quickly about 1.5 to 2 miles into the forest from where she parked her car, Purtymun said.
“State Police transported her to the TA-49 heli-pad where the Los Alamos Fire Department will transfer her into an ambulance,” he said.
Purtymun assumed the woman would likely be taken to Los Alamos Medical Center. While her condition is unknown, he surmised that she was probably in fairly good shape since Life Guard had not been called to the scene.
Banderlier Park Rangers, New Mexico Search and Rescue, LAFD, LANL’s EM&R and LAPD worked in smooth collaboration to find Lama, Purtymun said.
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