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    Woman survives eight days in wrecked SUV



    MAPLE VALLEY, Washington (AP) -- A woman who had been missing for eight days was found alive Thursday in her SUV at the bottom of a ravine after searchers traced a signal from her cell phone.

    King County sheriff's investigators used a cell phone signal to recheck a segment of the highway, State Patrol spokesman Jeff Merrill said. On Thursday afternoon, they noticed some matted brush, and below it they found her Honda Element, smashed on its side.

    "She looks very pale, very dehydrated. She didn't have a lot of cuts but had difficulty breathing," Merrill said.

    Rider was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she was in critical condition, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said. Her husband, Tom Rider, said she was "fighting for her life," suffering from kidney failure and sores from lying in the same position for a week.

    Tanya Rider, of Maple Valley, was last seen September 19 after leaving her shift at a Fred Meyer grocery store in Bellevue.

    Her car tumbled about 20 feet down the ravine and lay buried below heavy brush and blackberry bushes. Rescuers had to cut the roof off to get her out.

    Tom Rider said he was sitting down to take a lie-detector test at the sheriff's office so officers could exclude him as a suspect in his wife's disappearance when officers told him the car had been found.

    "I wanted to make sure they weren't focusing on me, that they were focusing on Tanya," he said.

    Tom Rider had offered a $25,000 reward for any information leading to his wife's return.
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    Husband: Red tape slowed search for wife

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    MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. - During the eight days that Tanya Rider lay seriously injured in her crashed SUV, her husband was fighting red tape to get authorities to launch a search for her, he said Friday.

    Rider, 33, was found alive but dehydrated at the bottom of a steep ravine on Thursday, more than a week after she failed to return home from work.

    Authorities had been able to detect the general location of her cell phone that morning, then searched along the highway she traveled from work in suburban Seattle to her Maple Valley home. They noticed some matted brush, and below it they found Rider's Honda Element, smashed on its side, State Patrol spokesman Jeff Merrill said.

    "She looks very pale, very dehydrated. She didn't have a lot of cuts but had difficulty breathing," Merrill said.

    Friday morning, Rider was sedated in critical condition and fighting for her life at Harborview Medical Center, her husband, Tom Rider said. He said she was suffering from kidney failure and sores from lying in the same position for a week and that she could lose her leg.

    "All I know is that she's here and she's alive, and that, in itself, is a miracle," he told CNN. "She's alive after eight days. If God was going to take her, he would have taken her before that."

    Tanya Rider left work at a Fred Meyer grocery store in Bellevue on Sept. 19 but never made it home. When her husband couldn't reach her, he said, he called Bellevue police to report his wife missing.

    Bellevue police took the report right away, but when they found video of Tanya Rider getting into her car after work, they told her husband the case was out of their jurisdiction and he should notify King County, he said.

    Tom Rider said he tried that, but "the first operator I talked to on the first day I tried to report it flat denied to start a missing persons report because she didn't meet the criteria," he said.

    "I basically hounded them until they started a case and then, of course, I was the first focal point, so I tried to get myself out of the way as quickly as possible. I let them search the house. I told them they didn't have to have a warrant for anything, just ask," he said.

    Tom Rider said he also drove the route where his wife was found but didn't see any sign of a crash. He also offered a $25,000 reward for any information leading to her safe return.

    Thursday morning, detectives asked him to come in to sign for a search of phone records. They also asked him to take a polygraph test.

    "By the time he was done explaining the polygraph test to me, the detective burst into the room with a cell phone map that had a circle on it," Tom Rider said Friday. He said the detective started explaining the blip they had found and within minutes, news arrived that Tanya Rider had been found.

    Her car had tumbled about 20 feet down a ravine and lay buried below heavy brush and blackberry bushes. The air bags deployed, but she was injured and trapped. Rescuers had to cut the roof off to get her out.

    "I know there were delays (in finding her) because of red tape," Tom Rider said.

    A King County Sheriff's spokesman expressed sympathy but said the agency followed standard procedure in the case.

    "That's a terrible, terrible experience ... a heart-wrenching experience, and my heart goes out to him," Deputy Rodney C. Chinnick said Friday.

    "It's not that we didn't take him seriously," Chinnick said. "We don't take every missing person report on adults. ... If we did, we'd be doing nothing but going after missing person reports."

    Adults are entitled to privacy if they decide to do something out of the ordinary, and Chinnick said Rider's initial missing person report did not contain either of the two elements that would trigger an immediate search: evidence of foul play or unusual vulnerability such as age, mental condition or lack of critical medications.

    "Not showing up at home is not illegal," he said.
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    Maple Valley is the next town down the street from me. I drive through it every day, I drive down the Maple Valley HWY every day except for yesterday. Traffic was soooo messed up, they had closed the entire HWY.

    I had to go way around, it added another Hour to my drive home.

    Glad she is alive though. I still dont get were she was at on the HWY.
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