Friends and family members of Monica King are happy she is home safe and sound. However, many questions still remain about her disappearance.
The 35-year-old woman was found by family and friends walking along Route 32 in Mansfield at about 7:30 p.m. King had been missing for more than 24 hours.
"I'm sure her family is grateful that she's back and the police found her," said Joan Abbey of Coventry.
According to husband Michael King, his wife and her daughter got into an accident in East Hartford near the Interstate 91 and 384 split. Her daughter was dropped off at school. The car was towed from the scene and King got a ride home from a friend.
King, who is an avid hiker, walked roughly eight miles to the UPS store in Willimantic to drop off a package for the family business. On the way home, she became tired and decided to rest along the Willimantic River.
"It doesn't sound like to me regular behavior to be taking that type of a walk," Abbey said.
However, Monica King who has diabetes and a mild heart condition, fell asleep for almost 24 hours and when she woke up, started walking home.
Her cell phone died during the evening and she was unable to contact her husband. At one point, Monica King tried to send her husband a text, but she could not get a signal.
Monica King will be examined by a doctor to determine if she suffered a head injury, her husband said.
"I thought she might have had a concussion from the accident the day before and didn't know where she was going," said Julie Bradley of Coventry. "That's what I thought."
Monica King, who was unharmed, was arrested for failure to appear on driving with a suspended license. However, she told police that she did not run away because of those charges.
The police department will not comment any further on her disappearance.
Michael King would not comment any further and directed the remaining questions to his lawyer.
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