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Boone resident finds woman who went missing for 12 days

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Mark Miller found Charlene Morgan-Hankins in Boone County after she was missing for 12 days Mark Miller found Charlene Morgan-Hankins in Boone County after she was missing for 12 days
BOONE COUNTY, WV -

A woman in Boone County is safe and recovering at Boone Memorial Hospital after she went missing for 12 days.

Charlene Morgan-Hankins, 55, was on her way to visit family in Oceana when her GPS led her down an unmarked road near Twilight. Crews found the Tennessee resident's car on Sunday with an empty gas tank and keys still in the ignition.  

(BACKGROUND: Car of missing woman from Tennessee found in Boone County)

On Monday, neighbors in the area joined state police and firefighters in the search. In the end, 18-year-old Mark Miller found Charlene resting on the side of a dirt road.    

"I seen her raise her head up and I realized it was a woman lying there and when I got closer I realized it was who I was looking for," he said.  

Miller said he found Hankins bruised, scratched, and dehydrated, but otherwise in very high spirits considering the conditions she's been through.  

"I was expecting to find a body, but then I found her in the good shape she was in," he said.  

The heavily forested area near Twilight is a difficult terrain for anyone to navigate. Locals familiar with the area say the best thing to do when lost is to follow a running source of water.

"The creek will always take you to bigger creek, to a bigger creek, to a river, which will finally take you somewhere," said Dennis Jarrell.  

But if you are unsure of any surrounding landmarks, the best thing to do may be to stay put.  

"You have a better chance of someone finding you, because first of all they don't have to look for where you have been," said Jarrell.