5/14/2013 7:45:00 AM UPDATE: Woman reported missing found safe; decided to go camping
Courtesy photo Emily Moon
Update, 7 p.m. Monday: When Prescott Valley police officers found missing 38-year-old Chino Valley woman Emily Moon early Monday, she told them she had run into friends when she went to buy cigarettes Saturday afternoon at a gas station and decided to go camping with them.
Moon's friends heard through the media she was reported missing, told her, and she called police Monday morning, Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said.
"Investigators traveled to her campsite and verified she (Moon) was OK," Bonney said. "She reportedly did not alert anyone she was going camping or leaving the area, including the people she was staying with."
The people Moon was staying with at a home near Navajo and Yavapai in Prescott Valley were concerned because she had left behind her purse and medications, they hadn't heard from her, and had expected her back soon after she left, Bonney said.
Prescott Valley police issued a news release Sunday asking anyone who knew where she was to call them and she was entered as a missing endangered person into the National Crime Information Center's database.
After speaking with officers, Moon decided to stay with her friends at the campsite, in the mountains near Poland Junction, instead of returning to the Prescott Valley home, Bonney said.
Bonney thanked the media for its help, which aided in quickly resolving this situation, Bonney said.
"Many resources would have been committed to this investigation until she ultimately returned home," Bonney said. "Those resources can be allocated elsewhere now that she is safe."
Bonney encouraged people to let a responsible person know where they are going, who they'll be with, and when they expect to get back in case they experience an emergency or someone needs to find
Update, 9 a.m.: Emily Moon was located this morning and she is safe, a news release from the Prescott Valley Police stated. This situation was resolved quickly in large part due to assistance from media outlets.
Sunday's report:The Prescott Valley Police Department is searching for a Chino Valley woman who left a Prescott Valley residence to buy cigarettes and never returned.
Prescott Valley Police spokesman Brandon Bonney said Emily Moon, 38, of Chino Valley, left the residence near Navajo and Yavapai Roads in Prescott Valley at about 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. She left personal items behind, leading residents to believe she would be returning soon. At this time family and friends have not heard from Moon and are concerned.
Moon is described as a white female, 5 foot 7 inches tall and 160 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes. She was reportedly last seen wearing a white top, blue jeans and sneakers.
Moon has recently spent time in Flagstaff and lives in the Chino Valley area. She also has been known to hitchhike, police said.
Prescott Valley Police are asking anyone with information on Moon's whereabouts to call them at 928-772-9267 or call your local police department. Moon has been entered as a missing endangered person in NCIC.