Woman who was reported missing found dead in an apparent car crash

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A woman who was reported missing was discovered dead in Del Norte County.

33-year-old Courtney Bryan went on a trip to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest with her dog for bereavement following her grandfather’s death, her sister, Katana Curven shared to Dateline, as reported by SFGATE.

The woman intended to head to Hunt Hot Springs, which is located about an hour north Redding. Her disappearance was reported to authorities when she failed to return to her family by Sept. 27.

“She’s a free spirit and would often travel alone,” her sister said to Dateline. “But she would’ve let us know when she was coming back. She would’ve checked in with somebody.”

Bryan posted a photo on Instagram last Sept. 23. It was the same day she made a known contact, according to Reno police.

The authorities were then informed by a hiker who found a car in the bank off Highway 101 in Del Norte County.

After deploying personnel on the crash site, the CHP discovered a body of a woman and a dog inside the vehicle. On Wednesday, authorities said that they believe it is the missing Bryan and her pet.

The Del Norte County Coroner’s Office is yet to issue the official identification of the victim.

No signs of foul play were detected from the scene as the woman and the dog are believed to have died from a car accident.

Bryan’s sister posted a video of Bryan on TikTok, with her confirmation of her death.

“My sister was found,” she captioned. “Thank you everyone for all your kind thoughts and prayers and effort. We are going to take this time to grieve.”