Forced To Leave Big Bend Due To Shutdown, Reporter Gets Lost And Dehydrated | KERA News

Forced To Leave Big Bend Due To Shutdown, Reporter Gets Lost And Dehydrated

Oct 7, 2013

An Arkansas newspaper reporter is in stable condition at an El Paso hospital after rescuers airlifted her from Texas' Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Cathy Frye, a reporter with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, had been lost for five nights.

Frye had been vacationing at Big Bend National Park with her husband, Rick McFarland, a photographer. Last Tuesday, the pair was forced to leave because of the federal government shutdown.

McFarland says the pair then went hiking at the nearby state park and got lost. He found help earlier in the week but could not find Frye. She was found Sunday afternoon – she was dehydrated, the Democrat-Gazette reported. She had little water and no food, the Freestone County Times in Fairfield, Texas reports.

The Arkansas Times has more information, too.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.