A woman missing for two nights was found down an embankment near the Sipsey River where she apparently had fallen and hit her head while hiking in the Bankhead National Forest.
Rescue workers brought Joan Allen, 51, of Russellville out of the rocky terrain in a basket lift after she was spotted around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Missing since Sunday afternoon, she had been unable to climb up the embankment and was suffering from dehydration but appeared to be OK.
Capt. David Hester of the Russellville Police Department said a forest ranger found Allen's car in the Sipsey River Recreation Area parking lot Tuesday morning and notified his department.
"Apparently, she fell, hit her head and was not able to get up and walk out," he said.
He said Allen was taken to a Haleyville hospital for treatment after the rescue.
Allen had been missing since around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, when she was seen leaving a Russellville restaurant. Hester said the Sipsey River Recreation Area was a favorite spot for Allen to go hiking.