A Canadian mother and her 10-year-old daughter who mysteriously vanished during a camping trip to Northern California have just been found safe, according to local authorities.
Audrey Rodrigue, 29, and her daughter, Emily Rodrigue, were located by the San Mateo Sheriff’s Office late Thursday night, police said.
The pair had arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday and rented a car at the airport to begin a trip to camp at spots throughout California, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said.
The two checked into the Vagabond Hotel in Burlingame Saturday and checked out Sunday before noon, the sheriff’s office said.
Audrey Rodrigue texted her boyfriend, who is in Canada, on Sunday, but “he was unable to contact her after receiving the text,” the sheriff’s office said Monday.
The mother and daughter were believed to be heading to the Pigeon Point Hotel but never arrived, the sheriff’s office said.
Audrey Rodrigue’s boyfriend, whose identity has not been released, reported them missing on Monday, the sheriff’s office said.
Audrey Rodrigue had made a reservation at the Fish Lake Campgrounds in the Six Rivers National Forest for Tuesday, so Forrest Service Rangers checked the area and showed photos of the mother and daughter to campers and staff, authorities said.
“Both park staff and other campers thought they saw Audrey and Emily there, but they left without knowing the Park Ranger’s came looking for them,” the sheriff’s office said. “It is believed they might have stopped at free camp sites along the coast. The neighbors and camp staff said Audrey and Emily appeared to be happy and not in distress.”