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24-year-old vanishes from family woods retreat
February 22, 2017
Following a dinner with her family on June 22, Rachael Mattice climbed into her silver jeep and left her parents home in Johnston, N.Y. She drove her car to the family camper near the remote mountain town of Wells. Mattice moved to the camper because she planned to work in the area, according to Fox News.
On that same day, she texted her mom to let her know she had arrived and cell service was spotty. Witnesses also spotted her in town around 9 p.m. that night.
Days later, her family hadn't heard from Mattice again, so her father drove up to check on her. Missing Persons of America reported that Rachael communicated regularly with her mother either via social media or the phone. When she couldn't be reached for several days, the family became worried.
When her father, Dave, got to the camp he found her vehicle, with the door still open and Mattice was gone. The door to her camper was also open and her purse and other personal items were found inside.
Over the days following her disappearance, officers searched the area surrounding the camp, but the dogs were unable to pick up a scent, according to Missing Persons of America. Her friend, Cynthia Nellis, took to social media to campaign for her missing friend, even asking singer Shania Twain to help bring more attention to the case.
After nearly two weeks with no information, Mattice appeared at her mother's door just before 1 a.m. Wednesday. She was taken to the hospital for evaluation and released, according to News 10.
Police are investigating her claims that she was held captive by a man. No description of the captor or his vehicle has been released, according to News 10.
"At this point, when we have more information, we'll be able to pass that along. We're still working ... Miss Mattice needed to get some rest, and we're going to be working with her further," Hamilton Country Sheriff Karl Abrams told reporters.