INVERNESS, Calif. -- An academic couple who vanished during a Valentine's Day hike in the woods of Northern California has been found by rescue workers who spent almost a week looking for them and had given up hopes of finding them alive.
Marin County Sheriff's officials said Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin were found in a densely forested area near Tomales Bay, about 30 miles north of San Francisco, and were airlifted to a hospital.
Update from Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin. They are in great spirits and want to thank every single person who has kept them in their thoughts.— Marin County Sheriff (@MarinSheriff) February 23, 2020
On behalf of the Irwin and Kiparsky family, Thank You. pic.twitter.com/t3OS6rgas7
The couple was last seen Feb. 14 at a vacation cottage near Inverness.
Authorities combed the area for days and shifted to a “recovery mission” Thursday when they felt they had exhausted all possible leads.