VALLEY CENTER, Calif. - Search-and-rescue personnel found a Del Mar woman Thursday in a Valley Center ravine near where her crashed and abandoned car had been discovered hours earlier.
Sheriff's volunteers and members of San Diego Mountain Rescue located Elizabeth Allen, 50, off Lake Wohlford Road in Valley Center about 3 p.m., authorities said. Medics treated her at the scene before taking her to a hospital for further care and evaluation. Her condition was not released.
Allen was released from Palomar Medical Center at about 7:30 p.m.
Allen's husband had reported her missing shortly after 11 a.m., upon learning that her unoccupied vehicle had been found, according to sheriff's officials. He had last spoken to her the previous morning by phone, during an outing she made to Valley View Casino.
Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Arens explained to 10News why was there no search for Allen until Thursday if her car had been found the day before.
"The reports actually came in to Escondido and CHP around 11 a.m. yesterday (Wednesday) and there was a witness that saw the crash and it was reported then," said Arens. "The husband came to the tow yard today. He was telling the deputy about it, and (the deputy said) 'Hey we need to search that area.' That deputy notified Search and Rescue."
It was unclear how the woman might have wound up stranded in the rural area, though sheriff's officials said she has a "medical condition." They declined to elaborate.
10News asked Search and Rescue crews if they had found any skid marks along the road, but they said no.