Search and rescue crews located a missing hiker in northern Burke County nearly three hours after she was reported missing Thursday.

According to Burke County Assistant Fire Marshal Cecil Huffman, at 7:07 p.m., emergency responders were notified that a woman was missing after she didn’t show up to her designated pick-up location.

Heather Greene identified herself as the hiker Friday in a letter to The News Herald.

Greene said she was dropped off Thursday in the Upper Creek area and was supposed to be picked up down river Thursday at 5 p.m.

However, Greene became delayed so she decided to travel a different route.

After she didn’t show up to her pick-up area, Greene’s mother notified authorities that her daughter was missing.

Around 9 p.m. Thursday, Greene found her way to the Upper Creek parking lot and began walking down N.C. Highway 181. About an hour later, she was located by searching crews.

Greene said she was dehydrated when authorities found her.

Huffman said all search parties were out of the woods by 5 a.m.

Huffman said Icard Township Fire Rescue, Chesterfield Fire Department, Burke County Rescue, Drexel Fire Department, Burke County Star Team, Burke County EMS and Burke County Emergency Management assisted in the search.

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