- Associated Press - Monday, August 29, 2016

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A long-distance runner who went missing on Friday west of Medford has been found safe.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports (https://is.gd/MZKmGf ) that Dr. Ashley Laird went out for a run Friday morning and wasn’t heard from again until Sunday evening. She was found by a search crew that included her father.

“We couldn’t believe it,” said Rogue Valley Search and Rescue team leader Rick Klimek. “We looked up, and we saw a lady standing there and we were all surprised and I said, ‘Is that her?’ and her father said, ‘Ashley!’ and he ran to hug her.”

Laird was dehydrated and suffered minor bruising and scraping, but police say she appeared to have no severe injuries.

Police didn’t have any details Sunday night on what led to Laird’s disappearance.

According to her family, Laird is an accomplished ultra-distance runner who won the 2014 American River 50-mile run.

Laird had neither a cellphone nor a GPS watch with her when she went missing but searchers analyzed her previous running routes to figure out where to look. They found she often ran in Forest Park, which is where she was ultimately found.

More than 150 volunteers turned out Sunday morning to help the family and authorities search for Laird. Other volunteers donated water and food to help sustain the search effort.

Had Laird not been found, emergency officials were prepared to scale back their search.


Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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