UPDATE: Missing Idaho woman found alive

Tri-City HeraldJune 17, 2013 

— An Idaho woman who had been missing since Sunday was found Monday night laying in a field near the Franklin County fruit stand where she was last seen.

Rashelle Klontz, 21, was found by a farmer around 7 p.m., said her father, Rick Klontz. She talked with police after she was found and then went to the hospital.

It was unclear Monday night how Klontz ended up in the field.

Klontz went missing about 3 p.m. Sunday after stopping at Country Mercantile, about five miles outside Pasco, said George Rapp, a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy.

Her SUV was found in the parking lot and her cellphone, purse and laptop were found inside the store, Rick Klontz said. She had texted her mother shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday, telling her she had bought fruit at the stand.

She was heading back to Sandpoint, Idaho, after spending a few days with friends in Hermiston.

Authorities believe Klontz may have gone for a hike after making three separate purchases at the fruit stand, Rapp said. Her journal indicated she wanted to hike in the desert to pray.

Authorities conducted an air and ground search Monday. They canvassed nearby canals that lead to the Columbia River and talked with farmers, who searched their properties with all-terrain vehicles.

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