An 84-year-old woman who vanished while picking berries was found five days later
Sophie Sherry and Katherine Dillinger, CNN
(CNN) — An 84-year-old Canadian woman who disappeared while picking berries Wednesday has been found, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Searchers found Mary Byman of Menisino, Manitoba, on Sunday night after five days of searching. Her daughter Roxanne Byman could not be more relieved.
“I don’t ever need a Christmas present ever again,” Byman’s daughter told CNN news partner CBC. “I’m just so happy.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Byman was in the woods near Piney, Manitoba, when she was separated from her friend, the Mounted Police said.
On Sunday, four days after Byman vanished, a group of searchers fired a gun into the air and heard a faint cry for help. They fired another shot several minutes later and heard another cry, police said.
Using the sound to guide them, the group found Byman in thick brush about 40 minutes later. She had traveled about 1.2 miles southwest from where she was last seen.
“She’s obviously made of some strong stuff,” her daughter said.
It took firefighters over two hours to clear a path to her and another two hours to return her to civilization, according to RCMP. Byman was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.