MADERA COUNTY — The search continues for a woman who went missing while camping in the Sierra National Forest.
Sandra Johnsen Hughes has been missing for at least three days now. Deputy Sarah Jackson, Madera County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said Tuesday morning that crews “were still searching” the back country for Hughes. Her campsite in the Johnson Meadows area between Beasore and Minarets roads was discovered Sunday by hikers, who found her belongings scattered around the area in a manner described in initial reports as “disheveled and emptied carelessly.”
Hughes reportedly was camping by herself without informing family members of her plans.
Jackson said MCSO is still trying to verify Hughes’ place of residency but law enforcement officials have been in touch with the woman’s family, who live in Pennsylvania.
Hughes’ silver Saab was found over the weekend parked along an area road near her campsite. According to a relative’s Facebook post, Sandra Hughes’ family has not had any contact with her since June 26.
Hughes’ relatives have filed a missing person’s report and are asking for the public’s help in trying to locate the woman.
*This story will be updated as more information becomes available.