A daylong search in Linn Run State Park for a 34-year-old Latrobe woman reported missing ended last night with her safe return to her car.
As it turned out, the woman, who was not identified, was not in danger.
"She just wanted to be alone," said Dan Stevens, Westrmoreland County Public Safety spokesman.
Mr. Stevens said her employer, friends and family became concerned when she uncharacteristically did not show up for work. Her car was found at Linn Run, where she regularly goes to fill bottles with spring water and to run.
The search ultimately involved about 60 first responders from various organizations, a bloodhound team and a state police helicopter.
"She avoided everybody. We had some sightings of her. When we got to her area where we thought she was, she was already gone. She just did not want to be found. She wanted to have some alone time," Mr. Stevens said.
At one point, one of her friends got a text message from her saying she wanted to go to her car and go home but didn't want to be confronted by people looking for her. The search was called off about 8:45 p.m., would-be rescuers left, and park rangers helped see that she got to her car, Mr. Stevens said.
"We all have had times where we just need to be away from everybody," Mr. Stevens said.