Missing Woman Found In Car Covered With Snow, Sheriff Says

Paula Beth James was found alive in her snow-covered car in Butte County after she'd been missing for six days, the sheriff's office said Jan. 15, 2020.
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A 68-year-old woman who'd been missing for six days in Northern California was found alive in her snow-covered car that was more than a football field's length from the road, authorities announced Wednesday. 

Paula Beth James, of Oroville, who the Butte County Sheriff's Office said has a medical condition that leaves her disoriented, was found in her SUV's backseat covered by the floor mats for warmth. The vehicle was approximately 150 years away from the road, the sheriff's office said.

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Rescuers on a helicopter searching for the missing Oroville woman spotted the SUV marooned in the small community of Butte Meadows, the sheriff's office said. The chopper landed, enabling the rescue team to hike to the 2018 Toyota 4Runner. 

"My initial reaction was actually 'Yes!' It was so exciting,' her niece Erin Powell told KPIX.

James, dressed in a jacket and jeans, was taken to a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.