Missing Portland woman found alive in Monterey County, California, Jeep spotted over cliff

Rescuers help Angela Hernandez (foreground) after she was found off Highway 1 in California. (Photo: Monterey County Sheriff's Office)

Angela Hernandez, 23, missing for a week, has been found and was taken to a hospital, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office in California.

According to the sheriff’s office, her white Jeep was spotted about 200 feet down a cliff on Highway 1 at Naceimento Ferguson Road on Friday by two people walking in the area. Her vehicle was partially in the ocean.

She was taken to a waiting ambulance and then driven to a helicopter, which flew her to a hospital.

Monterey County sheriff's Cmdr. John Thornburg told the San Francisco Chronicle that Hernandez had an injured shoulder. However, authorities said she was alert and was walking on a remote beach when rescuers reached her.

Deputies say Hernandez was traveling to Southern California to visit family when her family suddenly stopped hearing from her. Before she disappeared, Hernandez’s family said she would talk and text with them several times a day during her travels. When they hadn’t heard from her in three days, they thought it was unusual and called police.

On July 6, Hernandez told family she was back on the road and headed south after spending the night in her vehicle at a Safeway in Half Moon Bay, California.

Overcome with emotion, Hernandez's sister, Isabel, expressed her thanks, especially to authorities in Monterey County, not long after she received the news Angela was safe.

"I just want to thank everybody that helped. It's day seven, and you guys all helped us through the whole thing, and Angela would not be OK -- I'm so happy!" she said. "I know she's so grateful to all of you -- everybody that shared and prayed to whoever you believe in -- any higher powers, anything in the universe -- you guys gave out all that great energy. We're so grateful. Thank you so much."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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