NEWBERRY SPRINGS Members of the Barstow Desert Rescue Squad found a 53-year-old Newberry Springs woman who had gone missing after taking a walk between 6 and 7 a.m. near the area of Harvard and Mannix Roads in Newberry Springs on Tuesday.

Jeanie Bowen-Hauser was found within the boundaries of the Camp Cady Wildlife Area along the north bank of the Mojave River around 5:15 p.m., said Jacob Gault, deputy coordinator for search and rescue and acting detective for the Barstow Sheriff's Station. According to Gault, Bowen-Hauser was found dehydrated about two or three miles from her home. Paramedics with the California Highway Patrol air lifted her to Barstow Community Hospital, Gault said.

Hospital spokesman John Rader said Bowen-Hauser was treated and released just before midnight.

According to Gault, the sheriff's department received its first call about Bowen-Hauser at about 6:30 a.m. when a neighbor reported that a woman was walking through their yard. Around 11:40 a.m. Gault said Bowen-Hauser called a friend saying she was hot, thirsty and lost. According to Gault, Bowen-Hauser also said she was missing her shoes. The sheriff's department received the missing person call at 1 p.m., Gault said.

With the advent of cell phones and global positioning devices, Gault said the number of missing persons cases have decreased. This year, he said, the sheriff's department responded to three missing persons cases, including Tuesday's. Only one of those three cases turned out to be fatal, Gault said.

The other two cases this year include the Canadian bicyclist who was found in a motel near Joshua Tree, Gault said, and the 11-year-old Las Vegas boy who died of heat exposure when his mother's car got a flat tire on the way to Death Valley. Gault said missing persons cases about five years ago would average about two a month.

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