Two people reported missing in northwestern Montana

A hiker missing in Montana for almost a week has been rescued.

She says it's hope that kept them going over the past six hard days Maddie has been missing.

Flathead County rescue authorities were able to find missing Arizona woman Madeline Connelly and her dog, Mogi, Wednesday morning after almost a week-long search. ABC FOX Montana's cameras were there to capture the moment Connelly recapped her ordeal.

"Police say Connelly is 5'5" tall and weighs 120 pounds.


Her rescuers estimated she hiked about 10 miles each day. She was conscious at the time she was found and was being evaluated by medics, her uncle said.

Connelly was pulled to safety by a crew from Two Bear Air on Wednesday morning. Her auto was found nearby.

Connelly said getting lost was just a "huge mistake" and said she didn't realize media attention she caused until after she was found Wednesday morning.

"I'm so grateful. This is completely unexpected", she told KTMF.


She was airlifted by Two Bear Air and Flathead County authorities and then transported to West Glacier to be examined for possible injuries and meet with her parents. Laura calls Medline's rescue the "best Mother's Day gift ever". "She is an outdoors girl".

"I kind of just thought I was going to make it to my vehicle this morning and go get a coke and then [go to] my uncle's", she recalled as her parents laughed beside her. "But we haven't seen any signs of anything negative in terms of torn clothing or any sings of struggle with an animal, so we're positive", Michael Connelly said.

When Madeline went to go back to her trail, she took a wrong turn.

Family and friends had gathered Monday and Tuesday at St. Luke Catholic Church in River Forest to pray for Connelly.


Madeline's sisters have joined other relatives at the family's River Forest home keeping tabs on the search.


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