Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Woman missing for nearly a week in Montana found alive

Woman missing for nearly a week in Montana found alive

A Montana hiker missing in grizzly bear country since last Thursday, and the subject of an extensive search, has been found alive with her dog.

After a six day search Connelly was finally found about 5 miles from her auto by Glacier National Park search and rescue teams.

Connelly's uncle Dan Fioravanti told the Missoulian he got a call from Madeline's mother Laura on Wednesday morning.

"There is not one of us that doesn't think she's coming home", Elaine Cinkay Connelly said at the time. Madeline said she and her dog rested for two days due to exhaustion and slept under trees.

"I got lost", she said.

When she didn't return from her hike they went looking for her.

Her uncle Michael Connelly explained to us earlier this week, "She never came back and when the sun went down Marti was starting to get pretty nervous and he thought maybe she chose to stay another day". Family members said she stopped in Montana on her way to Alaska where she has a job managing a bakery.

She says she spent the days sleeping and hiking. "And then I ended up at a lake, and I was like". She was being flown to West Glacier to meet her family.

Connelly's mother called her daughter's rescue the best Mother's Day gift ever.

"She was found just a couple hours ago, and she's just fine", Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told the Chicago Tribune.

"She's an experienced outdoorswoman". Family members found her Subaru Outback near a trailhead, but no sign of Connelly.

'I just kind of wanted to say thank you to everyone that put in all of this effort in helping me, ' Madeline said.

Her parents said they are still in a bit of shock.

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