B&B owners alert deputies about missing hiker

Posted at 12:58 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 17:40:39-04

Owners of a bed-and-breakfast in Mohave County helped find a woman from out of state who went missing while on a hike last weekend.

According to Mohave County Sheriff's Office, 25-year-old Amber Kohnhorst from Minnesota checked into a bed-and-breakfast in the Cane Beds area on Friday. Kohnhorst reportedly asked the owners about hiking trails Friday afternoon.

The owners realized on Saturday that her rental car was still parked in their lot and that her bed hadn't been slept in, so they became worried about where she was. The owners and a few friends searched the area, but couldn't find her, so they called MCSO for help.

Search-and-rescue crews searched the area and found Kohnhorst about 50 feet down an 800-foot cliff around 7 p.m. on Saturday. She had slipped and fell about 100 feet onto a small ledge and was knocked unconscious.

At some point overnight, she woke up and tried to climb up, but couldn't make it very far and instead started blowing her whistle and yelling for help with no success.

On Saturday evening, she was reportedly woken up again by a DPS helicopter that was searching for her. She began screaming for help again and a crew member on the helicopter heard her.

The helicopter was able to hover over the cliff and she was hoisted up with the help of crews using a rope system.

She was later taken to an area hospital where she was treated for a severe head injury.