Missing resident Becky Faulstich found alive in Claremont hills

Missing Claremont resident Becky Faulstich was found alive in very rugged terrain of the Claremont hills just after 10 a.m. by a search and rescue team out of Montrose.

Claremont Police Sargent Robert Ewing said Ms. Faulstich is “disoriented and dehydrated” but was safely airlifted to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora for treatment. Her family has been notified.

Ms. Faulstich, 50, left her home on foot at around 1 a.m. on June 29. Authorities and volunteers have been searching for her since.

She was found about a half mile northeast from the staging area at the Padua Hills Theater near a water tower.

Reserve Deputy Janet Henderson of the Montrose Search and Rescue team said Ms. Faulstich was found full of scrapes and abrasions and no shoes or socks.

“She couldn’t talk and couldn’t answer our questions,” Deputy Henderson said.

Deputy Henderson noted that Ms. Faulstich’s pulse rate was at about 60 when she was found.

A rescue team with Los Angeles County Fire lifted Ms. Faulstich from a ravine at 11:05 a.m. after dropping a medic to stabilize her a few minutes earlier.

About 18 fellow search and rescue workers watched from an adjacent hillside and applauded when the helicopter pulled away.

Multiple search and rescue agencies assisted in the effort, including San Bernardino Mountian Search and Rescue, Rim of the World Search and Rescue and Wrightwood Search and Rescue.

—Kathryn Dunn & Matthew Bramlett



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