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Colorado Springs woman spent three nights in mountains after going missing
A Colorado Springs woman reported missing Saturday in the mountains west of Walsenburg was discovered in good condition Tuesday afternoon about two miles from where she disappeared.
Rose Ann Nardini-Hausman, 57, was separated from her family Saturday afternoon while gathering an edible type of mushroom in the densely forested Greenhorn Mountain area, said Kristi Geroux, Custer County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.
About 3:45 p.m., nearly 72 hours after Nardini-Hausman went missing, the woman spotted a passing searcher on horseback and called for help.
The woman was in good condition, though medical personnel thought she may have broken her ankle.
Nardini-Hausman was found in an area two to three miles from where she was last seen, but rescuers had been focusing on a relatively small area for the most intensive search.
Officials said the woman, who uses a hearing aid, didn't have a jacket or food with her.
Giroux said there had been some rain in the area and lows had been in the 40s overnight.
More than 100 people searched on the ground Sunday and Monday, while helicopters and airplanes looked for her from the air, said Bruce Newman, Huerfano County sheriff.
More than 30 people were part of the search team Tuesday.
Geroux said many people hunt mushrooms in the Greenhorn Mountain area at this time of year. "We usually end up searching for someone every year," she said.
This is the second search in two weeks in the area.
A family of six, also gathering mushrooms, was found a day after being reported missing. "We usually find them by the next day," Newman said.
He said the search for Nardini- Hausman was "one of the longest ones we've ever had."
Annual trek to find gourmet treat results in 3 days of hunger Sleep will restore the health of a Colorado Springs woman lost three nights in the mountains while hunting for edible mushrooms, her son said Wednesday.
RoseAnn Nardini Hausman, who will turn 57 Tuesday, was sent home before dawn Wednesday after emergency room doctors at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo examined her, said Rick Hausman, 27, of Fort Collins.
"Considering what she had been through, her condition was excellent," her son said. "She was mentally communicative. She remembered names and worked with her rescuers."
His mother, a woman more at home preparing Italian feasts in her kitchen than roughing it in the mountains, had not eaten for three days, but drank stream water to keep going, Rick Hausman said. She suffered a turned ankle, scrapes and bruises, he said.
Nardini Hausman, who uses a hearing aid, "surprised us with her will to get to a place where she could be rescued," her son said.
Authorities said the woman, who did not have a jacket, endured rain and overnight lows in the 40s during her ordeal.
Nardini Hausman became separated Saturday afternoon from three others in the group of mushroom hunters in the densely forested Greenhorn Mountain area west of Walsenburg.
She was located about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, when she called to a searcher passing nearby on horseback about two to three miles from where she was last seen. However, authorities said, it took several hours to bring her off the mountain.
"The main thing she has said, and our family has said, is how appreciative we are of all the friends and all the volunteers who searched for her," Rick Hausman said. "She wants everyone who helped look for her, supported her and prayed for her to know that she feels very fortunate."
More than 100 people searched on the ground Sunday and Monday, while helicopters and airplanes flew over the rugged terrain, authorities said. More than 30 stayed with the search Tuesday.
The group went in search of a particular mushroom that Nardini Hausman favors for preparing Italian meals.
"She's been going to this general area for 20 or 30 years, but probably only one time a year, in late August or early September," Rick Hausman said.
"She wants them for preparing family recipes that have been handed down for generations."
Authorities said the search for Nardini Hausman was the second in two weeks for mushroom connoisseurs lost in the same area of southern Colorado.