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Missing New Jersey hiker found safe after being spotted on Ring camera in New York

Missing New Jersey hiker found after more than 24 hours
Missing New Jersey hiker found after more than 24 hours 02:02

RINGWOOD, N.J. -- A New Jersey hiker who was missing for more than 24 hours was found safely in Rockland County, New York on Monday. 

New Jersey State Park Police said the woman started hiking in Ringwood State Park on Sunday before authorities found her a day later miles away in Sloatsburg, New York

Police identified the woman as 63-year-old Carol Heimbach of Wayne, New Jersey. They said she regularly hikes at Ringwood State Park. 

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Heimbach started hiking at around midday Sunday and police said it was still unclear what happened to her before her family reported her missing at around 10 p.m. 

At least 10 search teams scoured the area overnight and into Monday morning. The Ringwood Police Department shared Heimbach's picture on social media.

Monday, someone spotted Heimbach on their Ring camera 

"It is important to thank the community with this, because had they not had the wherewithal and paid attention to the Facebook page, took a look. How many of us get Ring cameras that we buzz, we just kind of take a glance at it? 'OK that's fine, it's the mailman.' This individual obviously took the time, recognized, was aware of the situation and appropriately called the authorities to where we can get this to a positive resolution," said New Jersey State Park Police Chief George Fedorczyk. 

Missing hiker found after search in Ringwood State Park 11:46

Authorities said Heimbach was evaluated by medical personnel and had no apparent injuries, but was understandably disoriented after spending the night in the woods. 

Police believe Heimbach left her cellphone in her car when she started hiking. Authorities recommend always having a cellphone with you to call for help. 

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