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Missing Coast Runner Found in Critical Condition

A Mendocino Coast woman was reported missing while on a run at Russian Gulch State Park. Friday afternoon, Mendocino County Search and Rescue volunteers successfully located her in remote terrain, in critical condition. SAR Commander Jared Chaney said if it was not for the three searchers who found her, she very well could have not survived. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was contacted Friday morning regarding 55-year-old Joyce Diane Smith. The caller said she frequented the Seaside Beach and Russian Gulch area. MCSO deputies located Smith’s vehicle, which initiated Search and Rescue. Smith was located at approximately 4:15 p.m. and flown out of the area for medical treatment.