An 18-year-old girl who was missing for eight days has miraculously been found safe in the woods outside Seattle.
Giovanna 'Gia' Fuda disappeared on July 24 after visiting a coffee shop in Index, Washington, and her car was found out of gas on a highway that winds through the Cascade Mountains the following day.
Rescue crews spent more than a week searching the area and were beginning to lose hope when they finally discovered the teen near a ravine deep in the woods on Saturday afternoon.
'We are absolutely thrilled to know that search and rescue located her alive,' King County Sheriff's Sgt Ryan Abbott said.
'She's in stable condition. She is with her parents and being transported to a local hospital.
'This is very rare, it is definitely a miracle.'
Giovanna 'Gia' Fuda, 18, (pictured) was found safe in a heavily wooded area of the Cascade Mountains on Saturday, eight days after she disappeared on July 24
Rescue crews spent more than a week searching the mountains and were beginning to lose hope when they finally discovered the teen near a ravine deep in the woods on Saturday
The map above shows where Fuda was last seen on July 24, where her car was found the following day and where she was located safe on Saturday
Authorities began looking for Fuda on July 24 after she left her home in Maple Valley without telling her parents where she was going and never returned.
She was last seen on surveillance video from a coffee shop in Index, and the next day her car was found abandoned on Highway 2 between Skykomish and Steven's Pass.
Police were unable to track Fuda's phone because it was either turned off or didn't have signal in the area Abbott described as a 'dead zone'.
The King County Sheriff's Office labeled Fuda's disappearance as 'suspicious' on July 27, but officials now believe that she likely got lost after leaving her car to look for gas.
Abbott said he wasn't sure why or how Fuda ended up in the woods and that investigators are giving her time to recuperate before asking for her side of the story.
Authorities began looking for Fuda on July 24 after she left her home in Maple Valley without telling her parents where she was going and never returned
Fuda was last seen on surveillance video (pictured) from a coffee shop in Index, Washingtonsonos sonos One