Frankfort woman found in Garrard Co. following lengthy search

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LANCASTER, Ky. (WKYT) - Police say a Frankfort woman has reappeared in Garrard County after her boyfriend reported her missing Wednesday.

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Police confirm Jessica Lynn Burk, 40, is alive. The search was centered around Tom Dorman State Nature Preserve near Palisades Point. Authorities had called it a recovery mission after an unsuccessful attempt at finding the woman, but hours later she was located after she walked out of the woods on her own.

Police say her boyfriend told them Burk disappeared while the two were hiking Wednesday afternoon and became separated. Burk's boyfriend says he searched for five hours before calling for help.

More than 50 first responders, police, and other combed the woods of the Preserve Thursday with no sign of the 40 year old woman.

In the middle of the search effort, authorities say Burk walked out of the woods on her own and was in a healthy condition.

Shortly after finding her way out of the three day journey, Burk spoke to WKYT.

“I saw the helicopters and I yelled,” Burk told WKYT's Phil Pendleton. "I didn't eat. I found a canteen, I drank a little bit of water, kind of spaced it out, when I realized I needed to rest, I decided to drink a little more water.”

Burk says she is now grateful and no matter how long she was searching for a way out, she's just happy she is safe and back with her family.

"I don't know where I am at. But I know I'm on earth and I am great.”

Crews were searching close to the Kentucky River, and they used drones in an effort to find Burk. Fire departments from several counties assisted. More than 50 people attempted to locate Burk.

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