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Elderly woman rescued after five-day ordeal

FUNGAL FANTASY?After being found in ragged clothes, she told police a demon with long, red hair had asked her to give him her underwear. She refused

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

An 80-year-old woman who went missing on Friday while picking mushrooms in Kenting National Park was found yesterday morning by mountain patrol officers.

The woman, surnamed Hung (洪), had set out with four or five people after Tropical Storm Kalmaegi brought heavy rain to the area, local police said.

MISSING

Hung became separated from the group and after she failed to return home that evening, her family set out to search for her and reported her disappearance to the police.

Police and fire officials began a search that night.

Hung was found wandering in Sheding Nature Park, uninjured but in ragged clothes, police said.

She told her rescuers that she was feeling faint. As she was feeling weak, her family took her to a hospital for observation and treatment.

BRIEF ENCOUNTER

Hung told police that she had encountered a tall female demon with long, red hair on her first day in the park.

She told them the demon asked for her underwear, which Hung refused to hand over. The demon then began following her, Hung told police, adding that she had tried to evade it by hiking deeper into the mountains, ending up in Gangkou Village (港口).

Hung’s family members said her account was a way of telling old folk tales.

The police said that the slippery conditions caused by Kalmaegi’s torrential rain may have contributed to Hung getting lost in the park.

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