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Woman missing from Flagstaff found safe, unoccupied vehicle found on Fossil Creek Road

TJ Johnson
Posted at 6:02 AM, Feb 07, 2019

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — Officials in northern Arizona say a 28-year-old woman who was reported missing from the Camp Verde area has been found safe.

Tristeana “TJ” Johnson was reported missing on Monday.

She had reportedly left the Flagstaff area in her 1999 green Toyota Rav 4 on Friday, February 1. She had her 10-year-old dog, a black lab, with her at the time.

Officials located Johnson’s unoccupied vehicle on Fossil Creek Road on Tuesday in Yavapai County.

Someone reported to officials that she was seen in the area on Sunday, February 3, with her vehicle, near mile marker 6.

Forest Service volunteers also briefly had contact with her on Sunday because her vehicle was stuck, along with other vehicles nearby. Officials say Johnson stayed with occupants in the other vehicles, described as a white truck and dark-colored Jeep.

Johnson was believed to have gotten a ride with other people leaving Fossil Creek Road sometime on Sunday.

Officials say the road was closed due to mud and weather conditions.

Yavapai County officials reported Thursday morning that Johnson was located safely.

She did in fact get a ride out of the Fossil Creek area when her car was stuck and has been staying in Phoenix without her phone. She has made contact with officials to get access to her stranded car.

"Sheriff's and Flagstaff Police personnel working this case over the last few days are relieved that she is safe," officials said in a media release.