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Teen Walks For Days After Surviving Plane Crash In Remote Forest

The 16-year-old was found as crews continued to search for a small plane that did not arrive at its destination in northern Washington state.

Last updated on July 13, 2015, at 10:06 p.m. ET

Posted on July 13, 2015, at 7:42 p.m. ET

A 16-year-old apparently walked through the woods in Washington state for two days in search of help after surviving a plane crash, KOMO News reported.

Autumn Veatch was flying with two step-grandparents from western Montana to Lynden, Washington, on Saturday, but the plane never arrived after what was supposed to be a three-hour flight. Having lost contact with the plane, search crews were formed on Sunday.

The grandparents were identified as Leland Bowman, 62, and Sharon Bowman, 63, of Marion, Montana, King 5 reported. They and the plane remained missing as of Monday afternoon.


Authorities say the location of the plane is currently unknown, as well as the condition of other 2 occupants.

Veatch's father confirmed to King 5 that the teen was being taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Father of 16-year-old Autumn Veatch says she is being brought to the hospital, but is okay following plane crash.

He later posted to Facebook that Veatch was OK.

Facebook: autumn.veatch

According to authorities, Veatch was found Monday afternoon by a driver in northern Washington state. The teen described wandering in the woods for days, KOMO News reported. The driver took Veatch to a store, where employees called 911.

Serena Lockwood, manager of the Mazama Store, told the Associated Press that Veatch "was obviously pretty traumatized."

According to the AP, Veatch stayed at the crash site initially, then began to hike downward, eventually reaching trail that led to Highway 20.

The state's Civil Air Patrol, meanwhile, continued to search Monday over rugged terrain for the site of the plane crash, using cell phone data to pinpoint the aircraft's last known location.