An 18-year-old woman who went missing for nearly 24 hours after crashing her car in Ellington on Sunday was found safe Monday morning.
A silver alert was issued for Heather Smith, 18, after disappearing when she crashed into a tree near Tree Top Road around 10:30 a.m.
A friend of Smith's told Eyewitness News Sunday she was driving home at the time of her crash and may not have been wearing shoes.
Police used dogs and a helicopter to assist in a search, which also involved "hundreds of volunteers."
"She was found about two-and-a-half miles from the original location where she was lost, by a hiker on Soapstone Mountain" Connecticut State Police Lt. Cliff Labbe said.
Smith, who is the daughter of an Ellington volunteer firefighter, was brought to Connecticut Children's Medical Center for observation after her ordeal.
"Ellington's a small community, said Ellington volunteer fire chief Michael Varney. "Many of us knew her personally"
It's unknown if Smith will face charges.
What has not been explained, though, is what led up to Smith going missing beyond her car accident , but to some, that doesn't matter.
"The fact is she is home with her family and whatever happened, happened," said Kevin Sullivan of Stafford. "They can talk about it. It's kind of a good ending to what could have been a bad story."
Ellington High School seniors, who just graduated with Smith described her as an honor roll student, who was involved in an elite theater group at the high school.
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