SAN TAN VALLEY — A missing San Tan Valley woman was located Sunday evening and airlifted to an area hospital in critical condition from ‘severe dehydration,’ authorities said.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said 28-year-old Jessica Goodwin was located on the Gila River Indian Community about 4:45 p.m.
Goodwin was reported missing Jan. 11. Her vehicle was discovered at 7 p.m. Thursday abandoned with minor damage near a wash off of West Bonnie Lane in Queen Creek.
PCSO said the manner in which the vehicle was found is “suspicious in nature.”
Phone records led PCSO detectives and Search and Rescue to an area on the Gila River Indian Community. During their search, Goodwin was spotted around 4:45 p.m. Sunday.
“This is the outcome we have all been hoping and praying for. I commend our detectives and our search and rescue team for their commitment and attention to detail,” Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb said in a press release.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information was released.
Goodwin’s lifelong friend, Chandler Stork, says nothing about her disappearance was normal.
“These behaviors, which is why we are so worried because it’s completely unlike her,” Stork told Fox 10 News in Phoenix before she was found. “If she does go somewhere to clear her mind, she’ll take her dog for sure. If she’s going to go for a drive, a 20 or 30-minute one, she’s going to bring her dog. If she goes out of town, she brings her dog. She never leaves her dog for longer than a night.”
Stork says everyone tried to reach Goodwin, but her phone was off.
“She never just goes completely contact-less with everyone, and a cell phone off for days,” said Stork. “I mean, now we’re on day four. It’s been off since Tuesday, Monday night. It’s been four nights.”