This Man Spotted A Car Partly Hidden In The Brush, And When He Peered Inside It He Was Floored

A man was walking along the highway when he noticed something strange at the side of the road. A section of brush was flattened as if someone had driven over it. Sure enough, after going to investigate, he found a car crashed into a tree. But it was when he looked inside the vehicle that he got the biggest surprise.

In May 2017 Bob Stewart and his family experienced something that no family should have to. One of their relatives went missing – and nobody had any clue where she might be.

Stewart’s aunt, Sharon Leaming, was living in Rochester, Washington, and one day she had driven out to the family’s vacation house in North Cove, on the coast. But with her family awaiting her return, Leaming didn’t make it back home.

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Her family had expected her back from vacation on Thursday. It was then, when she didn’t return home as expected, that they began to panic. They soon discovered that she had actually left North Cove on Tuesday and that no one had seen her since – meaning that she had already been missing for two days.

Of course, the family were extremely concerned for Leaming’s welfare – particularly so due to the fact that the 70-year-old had been diagnosed as suffering from the early stages of dementia. Besides, it was completely out of character for her to disappear without warning.

Leaming’s granddaughter, Carriann Wood, organised a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to pay for a search party. “Please help us get my grandmother home. She is under medical treatment, and this is very unlike her to be gone for so long! She would never go somewhere without telling us where she was going,” Wood wrote on GoFundMe.

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After alerting the authorities, including a number of sheriff’s offices in the area and Thurston County Search & Rescue, Leaming’s family got to work. They gathered a search party to look for her and asked the public to remain vigilant.

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Leaming’s family began searching the area between North Cove and Rochester. And given that the distance between the two towns is 70 miles, most of the searchers covered the area by vehicle. However, Leaming’s nephew, Bob Stewart, decided to search on foot.

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As he walked down Highway 12, Stewart noticed something strange. “I saw bark off of a tree and just a little bit of brush that was smashed down,” he told local news channel King 5. So he decided to go and investigate.

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Stewart followed the line of damaged foliage down a 30-foot ravine, and what he found at the bottom of the bank came as a shock. Why? Because, there, wedged up against a tree, was a blue Chevrolet, just like his aunt’s.

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At this point, Stewart decided to call Leaming’s son for help. “Just as I was talking to him, I heard someone yelling,” he revealed. “I thought it was a neighbor across the road yelling for an animal. [Then] I realized the sound was coming from in the brush right below where I was standing.”

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He looked into the car and saw that his aunt was inside – hurt but alive. He was stunned. Amazingly, Stewart had found his aunt five long days after she had gone missing. He quickly shared the joyous news with Leaming’s children. “She’s here. I found her. Get everybody here right now,” he told them.

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Later, a helicopter crew airlifted Leaming to hospital. Once there, the doctors determined that she had broken her ankle and her heel and had also experienced a rupture in her chest. However, they expected her to make a complete recovery.

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Now safe, Leaming began to open up about her ordeal. The grandmother had been driving down Highway 12 when she began to feel funny. “She said she felt sleepy and dizzy. And part of her face felt like it dragged down a little,” her daughter Tammie Pennypacker told King 5.

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“She knew that she was in trouble,” Pennypacker added. But, before Leaming could do anything about it, she lost control of the car and careered down the ravine. In these terrifying moments, she believed that her time on Earth was up.

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“As she was flying, my mom said all she could think was, ‘God, don’t let this be today that I die,’” Pennypacker revealed to King 5. Somehow, Leaming survived the crash, but she was left trapped in her car.

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Incredibly, over the next five days Leaming managed to survive on just two bananas, some Pop-Tarts and a bottle of water while she did all she could to attract attention. For the first two days, Leaming repeatedly honked her horn until her car battery died. She also yelled out if she thought she could hear someone approaching – just as she did when Stewart came across the car.

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As they looked for her, search teams pinged Leaming’s phone every two hours in an attempt to triangulate her position. Her family also tried to call, but her phone had become lodged in the dashboard upon impact, and she was unable to retrieve it.

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However, the ringing of her cell phone provided reassurance to Leaming. She knew that as long as people were calling, her family were still looking for her and wouldn’t give up until they had found her.

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Despite her unimaginable ordeal, Leaming quickly returned to her normal self in the days after her rescue – and the incident hasn’t put her off traveling one bit. “She’s doing really well. She’s joking and happy to be here and already planning her next trip down the beach,” Stewart revealed to King 5.

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