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Happy Camp woman found alive

A Happy Camp woman reported missing a day ago was found safe, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office reported Friday evening.

Courtney Irene Culver, 24, was found with her ex-boyfriend Terrance McCovey, 26, in her vehicle in a Santa Rosa hotel parking lot, the sheriff's office said.

An off-duty employee of the Eureka Police Department recognized the Ford Escape and the license plate number and alerted the Santa Rose Police Department. Officers responded and, after Culver indicated that she was not being held against her will and McCovey was cited for an outstanding arrest warrant, the two were free to go.

Culver's mother had reported her missing Nov. 7, five days after Culver was supposed to return to Happy Camp from a trip to Eureka, officials said. She left Happy Camp Oct. 24 with McCovey, and her last contact with family, a text message, was sent Nov. 1.

"Based on the circumstances of her disappearance and investigative followup conducted by SCSO investigators, there is reason to believe Ms. Culver is endangered," the news release said.

Though Culver was located and found not to be in danger, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said that a text message sent to one or more family members while she was missing that demanded a ransom will continue to be investigated.

The sheriff's office is still seeking information, which can be reported via dispatch at 530-841-2900.

"We are very thankful Ms. Culver was found alive and well," Lopey said.

Courtney Irene Culver