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Woman found safe after leaving trail near Devil's Elbow in the Highlands

Renton police officers and fire crews searched for about 45 minutes Monday afternoon for a woman in her mid-20s lost off a trail near Edmonds Avenue Northeast.

Renton Fire & Emergency Services units were dispatched to the 2700 block of Ferndale Avenue Northeast at approximately 2:30 Monday afternoon to assist in the search. The Sheriff's Office's Guardian 1 helicopter also was dispatched, but it wasn't needed for the search.

The woman had called 911 to report an overdose of medications and that she was walking along a trail with a drop-off on her left, according to Deputy Fire Chief Bill Flora. She was able to remain on her cell phone for most of the time.

Crews figured out she was probably in the “Devil’s Elbow” area off Edmonds Avenue Northeast. One crew walked to the bottom of the ravine without finding her, according to Flora. A second crew about halfway down the trail was able to get the patient to acknowledge her presence approximately 75 feet off the trail.

The patient was evaluated at about 3:15 p.m. and was able to walk herself up to the roadway, where she was transported to a local hospital for treatment, according to Flora.

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