Missing Ariz. Woman, 28, Found Alive and Taken to Hospital in Critical Condition

A 28-year-old woman who went missing "under abnormal circumstances" last week was found alive on an Arizona Indian reservation, authorities confirmed.

Jessica Goodwin was located in the Gila River Indian Community on Sunday, six days after she was last seen, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office (PCSO).

According to authorities, Goodwin, of San Tan Valley, was last heard from on Jan. 11 "under abnormal circumstances after calling off work and leaving her dog at home."

At the time, Goodwin's loved ones told Fox affiliate KSAZ that her disappearance was uncharacteristic and alarming.

"We are so worried because it's completely unlike her," her friend Chandler Stork explained to the outlet. "If she does go somewhere to clear her mind, she'll take her dog for sure. If she's going to go for a drive, a 20 or 30-minute one, she's going to bring her dog. If she goes out of town, she brings her dog. She never leaves her dog for longer than a night."

Stork also noted that Goodwin "never just goes completely contact-less with everyone, and a cell phone off for days."

The 5-foot-2, blonde-haired, green-eyed woman was initially believed to be driving a white 2013 Jetta, but PSCO officials later found her vehicle "abandoned with minor damage" near a wash in Queen Creek.

"While foul play is not suspected at this time, the location and manner in which the vehicle was found is suspicious in nature," the sheriff's office wrote in a statement on Friday.

Over the next two days, PSCO authorities continued to search for Goodwin by ground and air.

It wasn't until Sunday, around 4:45 p.m. local time, that phone records led detectives and Search and Rescue teams to Goodwin on the Indian reservation, officials said.

"She is in critical condition and is being airlifted to the hospital," the sheriff's office confirmed in their tweet.

On Monday, officials said Goodwin was continuing to recover from the dramatic ordeal in the hospital.

"She was found in a state of severe dehydration," authorities said. "Her condition continues to improve with medical care."

At this time, it is unclear what led to Goodwin's disappearance. PCSO detectives said they are investigating and expect to release more information when it's available.

"This is the outcome we have all been hoping and praying for," Sheriff Mark Lamb said in a statement. "I commend our Detectives and our Search and Rescue team for their commitment and attention to detail."

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