NACHES — A Union Gap woman who has been missing since June 23 has been located, according to a news release from the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office.
Kaylean Johnson, 20, was found and is being brought out to the Green Water fire station off of Highway 410, about 21 miles west of the search base, the release said.
Johnson is scratched up and dehydrated, but appears to be in good shape, the release said.
Johnson went missing after she and Patrick Frawley, 61, of Yakima went over a 60-foot embankment on a motorcycle they were riding on June 23. Frawley told sheriff’s deputies the crash was somewhere north of State Route 410.
After the motorcycle went off the embankment, the two spent the night of June 23 in the woods, according to authorities. Johnson left the next day to get help and did not return.
“This country is very easy to get turned around in, but it appears she never quit trying and she stayed close to water as directed to by Mr. Frawley,” said Kittitas County Undersheriff Clay Myers in the release.
The positive resolution of the nearly week-long search for Johnson is an answer to the prayers of her friends and family, Myers said.
In the release, Myers also made a point of responding to comments on social media while Johnson was missing.
“This should also be a lesson to those people who continued to make false accusations based on rumors and fabricated details, directed at Mr. Frawley,” Myers said.
Frawley was found on SR 410 Monday near the Whistlin’ Jack Lodge and taken to the Wood Shed Restaurant. He was then taken to Virginia Mason Memorial hospital in Yakima, where he was listed in good condition Friday evening.
“This man was cooperative and honest with investigators in nearly every aspect of his story was verified by them,” Myers said.
Myers said Frawley’s information was “shaky” when he was first found, but that was due to the fact that Frawley is diabetic and was without food or insulin in the days before he was found.
“This would be a good opportunity to reflect on how we should be treating each other during a crisis,” Myers said.
The search for Johnson lasted five days.