Missing Upstate NY woman found alive 1 week after Shania Twain called for help
By Nick Canedo
July 6, 2016
24-year-old Upstate New York woman has been found alive two weeks after being reported missing from her camp just south of the Adirondacks, and one week after the case received attention from country music star Shania Twain.
Rachael Mattice, 24, was last seen on June 22 after she left her parents' home in Johnstown, N.Y. In a statement, Sheriff Karl Abrams with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said, "In the early morning hours (this morning) Rachael Lynn Mattice returned to her Johnstown address after being gone for approximately 2 weeks. She is currently being medically evaluated at a local hospital. She appears to be in good condition."
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said Mattice was last seen in downtown Wells at 9:15 p.m. on June 22. She was headed for the family's camp in Wells, a remote mountain town about 53 miles away.
The camp, where Mattice lived because she worked as a home health care aide in the area, had no cellphone service, the family told Fox News. Before heading up to the hill to the heavily-wooded campsite, Mattice texted her mom, "I'm at the bottom of the hill. Goodnight and I love you," her mom, Wendy, told Fox News.
Rachael's father, David, drove to the camp on the night of Friday, June 24 after her parents didn't hear from her. He arrived at approximately 6 p.m. and found Rachael's vehicle, but she was nowhere to be found. Authorities launched an all-out search for the woman using helicopters and dogs, Fox News reports.
After a friend reached out to Shania Twain, Racahel's favorite country artist, to help call attention to the search, the music superstar tweeted the following:
I've heard the story of Rachael Mattice & urge anyone with information to come forward to the police & help her return to her family. (1/2)— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) June 30, 2016
Thinking of you Rachael. (2/2)— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) June 30, 2016
Sheriff Abrams said there is still currently an active investigation ongoing.