A 52-year old woman who spent six snowy nights in the woods above a pioneer cemetary in Cottage Grove, with no water or food, may owe her life to a wool coat.
Police say when they found Sharon Bates Thursday she told them she went for a walk in the woods last Friday for some peace and quiet, but got stuck in a pit and couldn’t climb out.
Officer Conrad Gagner tells FM News 101 Bates was dressed in khakis,blouse and a windbreaker. When they found her, Bates was laying on the ground, covered with her wool coat.
Police say she was weak, de-hydrated, but otherwise okay. Gagner says the area where Bates was found has cell service. She left her phone at home.