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Hiker found safe in Sierra National Forest

August 19, 2011 |  2:18 pm

A Southern California woman who went missing in the Sierra National Forest was found safe Friday, authorities said.

Barbara Taborek, 58, of Irvine, was reported missing at 9 p.m. Thursday after she was last seen near the Fernandez Pass Trailhead, above North Fork, said Madera County Sheriff’s officials.

Madera County Search and Rescue teams scoured the area and placed themselves in three spots overnight where they thought they might be able to see Taborek.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter was preparing to help in the search just after 7 a.m. Friday when ground crews found Taborek near the Norris Creek Trailhead.

Taborek, a seasoned hiker, was in good condition and was “fully equipped” to handle the area’s rugged terrain, sheriff’s officials said.

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