5/15/2013 9:25:00 AM Reported missing woman decided to go camping
Lisa Irish Special to the Tribune
When Prescott Valley police officers found missing 38-year-old Chino Valley woman Emily Moon early Monday, she told them she had run into friends when she went to buy cigarettes Saturday afternoon at a gas station and decided to go camping with them.
Moon's friends heard through the media she was reported missing, told her, and she called police Monday morning, Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said.
"Investigators traveled to her campsite and verified she (Moon) was OK," Bonney said. "She reportedly did not alert anyone she was going camping or leaving the area, including the people she was staying with."
The people Moon was staying with at a home near Navajo and Yavapai in Prescott Valley were concerned because she had left behind her purse and medications, they hadn't heard from her, and had expected her back soon after she left, Bonney said.
Prescott Valley police issued a news release Sunday asking anyone who knew where she was to call them and she was entered as a missing endangered person into the National Crime Information Center's database.
After speaking with officers, Moon decided to stay with her friends at the campsite, in the mountains near Poland Junction, instead of returning to the Prescott Valley home, Bonney said.
Bonney thanked the media for its help, which aided in quickly resolving this situation, Bonney said.
"Many resources would have been committed to this investigation until she ultimately returned home," Bonney said. "Those resources can be allocated elsewhere now that she is safe."
Bonney encouraged people to let a responsible person know where they are going, who they'll be with, and when they expect to get back in case they experience an emergency or someone needs to find them.