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Family: Missing, lost Greeneville, TN woman crawled in WV woods for days

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GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) -

A Greeneville woman who was lost in the woods of West Virginia for 12 days has quite a survival story.

After a tug-of-war of emotions -- praying for her safety and even fearing her death, Charlene Morgan-Hankins' family was by her bedside at a West Virginia Hospital Tuesday.

She was found Monday in West Virginia, suffering from dehydration.

According to her daughter, Morgan-Hankins' car broke down a mountain in Boone County, WV. She was lost in the woods when she tried walking to find help. Now she is recovering after spending days in the woods.

Her family desperately did all they could to find their missing mother and grandmother. Hankins' family even met up with News Channel 11 this weekend to get the word out -- hoping someone - anyone- would have answers about the woman they just wanted to come home.

News Channel 11 talked to Charlene's daughters over the phone as they called us from Boone Memorial Hospital in West Virginia. Her daugher's told us that she is recovering remarkably well, "She is doing good, very good. She said she never lost faith that she was gonna get out of those mountains the whole time she was there."

Charlene is being treated for dehydration and injuries sustained to her legs while lost in the woods.

Her family says it is a reunion brought about by someone up above, "…Just to be able to hold her, kiss her, and just - it's just brought us closer together. More faith that God does still perform miracles."

A GPS shortcut gone wrong. While, Charlene was trying to make it to her mother's home – her car got stuck and she went to search for help.

"She hurt her foot on the second day that she was in there. The rest of the days, she crawled on her hands and knees - in the woods," said her daughters.

She never found her way back. "She said she screamed every day for help. Nobody ever answered back."

Suffering from severe dehydration, "she prayed". Lack of food – "all day, every day". And her injuries – "she just prayed".

Conquering the odds, doctors expect her to make a full recovery.

"It's unbelievable." It's a reunion her daughter had given up hope was possible. "It's a day I never thought would come. I mean, it's absolutely unbelievable."

More than a week missing and gone without a trace, her family had feared the worst. "I really never thought we'd ever see her again. I just want everyone to know that we are SO thankful for all their thoughts and prayers. Just believe - because there are such things as miracles," said Hankins' daughter.

The man who played a part in that miracle, Mark Miller, heard her calls for help – after he saw fliers of a missing woman – he went searching to find her.



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Car of missing Greeneville woman found in Boone County, WV

Morgan-Hankins' car was found Saturday off a dirt road in Twilight, West Virginia in Boone County. The keys were still in the car, but her wallet was missing. 

Saturday marks 10 days since the Greeneville woman went missing.  
 
Her family is pleading for the public's help finding her.  Morgan-Hankins is said to be about 4'11",  and around 160 pounds. She has light brown hair with blonde highlights. She also has a slight limp. She was last seen wearing black capris and a black shirt. She was driving a 2005 white Nissan Sentra with Greene County, TN tags.

She was going to visit a family member in West Virginia, but as West Virginia State Police told the Charlene's family it's like she fell off the face of the earth. Now, her family is not sure what to do to bring Charlene back to Tennessee..

Charlene Morgan-Hankins has been missing since August 7.

"The trail keeps going colder and colder," said her husband, Eugene Hankins.

It was supposed to be like any other trip to West Virginia. "My mother's not done this before and it just makes us wonder, is she dead, is she a live, where is she at," said her daughter, Rebecca Horton.

She was visiting her aunt in Logan County at Trinity Health Care. Her daughter Kimberly Morgan said, "About 6:30 she called my grandmother and said that she was leaving and that she was going to her brother's house. That was the last time anybody seen her or heard from her."

Surveillance video shows Charlene leaving in her car, alone. Police also told the family her phone was turned off at 4 P.M. that same day.

Horton said, "....when she made no phone calls and her cell phone was off - we knew that something was wrong."

Since the missing person's report has been filed Charlene's family has searched holler to holler in West Virginia looking for her. "We've searched for her. We've passed out flyers. We just don't know where else to search. We've looked everywhere," said Morgan.

With no leads the family is not sure what to do or think.

"It's an emotional roller coaster," said Morgan, "...because one day you think she's alive and the next day you think, it's been...days  - she's probably dead."

The family says it needs one thing. "I'm just asking to have a little compassion and mercy in the heart and let us know something, so we can have closure," said Hankins.

Her family is pleading for your help to bring her home.

"Please come home. I love her and miss her," said her granddaughter, Faith Horton.

Destiny Horton agrees, "Please come home."

Morgan also said, "We're all waiting for you to come home."

As well as Horton, "Mom just come home."

If you have any information on Charlene Morgan-Hankins, or her whereabouts you're asked to call your local law enforcement and or the West Virginia State Police at 304-792-7200.

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A Greeneville woman who was lost in the woods of  West Virginia for 12 days has quite a survival story..

 

After a tug-of-war of emotions -- praying for her safety and even fearing her death, Charlene Morgan-Hankins' family was by her bedside at a West Virginia Hospital Tuesday.

She was found Monday in West Virginia, suffering from dehydration.

According to her daughter, Morgan-Hankins' car broke down a mountain in Boone County, WV. She was lost in the woods when she tried walking to find help. Now she is recovering after spending days in the woods.


Her family desperately did all they could to find their missing mother and grandmother.  Hankins' family even met up with News Channel 11 this weekend to get the word out -- hoping someone -  anyone-  would have answers about the woman they just wanted to come home.

 

News Channel 11 talked to Charlene's daughters over the phone as they called us from Boone Memorial Hospital in West Virginia. Her daugher's told us that she is recovering remarkably well, "She is doing good, very good. She said she never lost faith that she was gonna get out of those mountains the whole time she was there."  

Charlene is being treated for dehydration and injuries sustained to her legs while lost in the woods.

Her family says it is a reunion brought about by someone up above, "…Just to be able to hold her, kiss her, and just -  it's just brought us closer together. More faith that God does still perform miracles."

A GPS shortcut gone wrong. While, Charlene was trying to make it to her mother's home –  her car got stuck and she went to search for help.

"She hurt her foot on the second day that she was in there. The rest of the days, she crawled on her hands and knees - in the woods,"  said her daughters.

She never found her way back. "She said she screamed every day for help. Nobody ever answered back."  

Suffering from severe dehydration, "she prayed". Lack of food – "all day, every day". And her injuries – "she just prayed".

 

Conquering the odds, doctors expect her to make a full recovery.

"It's unbelievable."  It's a reunion her daughter had given up hope was possible. "It's a day I never thought would come. I mean, it's absolutely unbelievable."

 

More than a week missing and gone without a trace, her family had feared the worst. "I really never thought we'd ever see her again. I just want everyone to know that we are SO thankful for all their thoughts and prayers. Just believe -  because there are such things as miracles," said Hankins' daughter.


The man who played a part in that miracle, Mark Miller, heard her calls for help – after he saw fliers of a missing woman – he went searching to find her.

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