Woman missing for nearly a week in Montana found alive

Posted May 13, 2017

Now, a massive search is underway for the 23-year-old old River Forest native who has not been seen since she went out for an overnight hike last Thursday in the Great Bear Wilderness in northwest Montana, about 30 miles from Glacier National Park.

Madeline Connelly, 23, was found almost one week after she went missing on a hike in Montana. Her auto was found at the Bear Creek trailhead near Essex. She was reunited with her family, CBS Missoula affiliate KPAX reports.

We are told, Connelly and Mogi are both doing well.

Crews searching for her say while they haven't found her, they have found grizzly bear tracks over human tracks, specifically of a sow and two cubs. "It rained during that time period. They have the helicopters", Maeve said.

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The Flathead County Sheriff's Office, Glacier National Park rangers, Two Bear Air and members of the North Valley Search and Rescue and other search teams have been looking for Connelly since Saturday. "It was very brief, but she told me Madeline was found alive and her dog was found with her". "We're all thinking it too but we're going to have to continue to spread the positivity", Maeve said.

Rescue crews didn't give up, and neither did Connelly's uncle, Michael Connelly.

"Some of them are amusing, some of them are a little more emotional". Connelly said she realized they didn't have any water and stopped at a swimming hole. "I kind of just thought I was going to make it out to my vehicle this morning and go get a coke and go out to my uncle's house." she said.

Connelly, who grew up in the Chicago area but was most recently living in Arizona, was reportedly an experienced hiker.