Remains believed to be those of a missing Nevada woman have been found in her crashed car more than a month after she vanished, authorities say.
The suspected remains of Courtney Bryan, 32, and her dog Booch were discovered in her vehicle by a hiker in a steep embankment in Del Norte County, Calif., NBC News reported.
Police said they believe that the woman’s and dog’s deaths resulted from a car accident in an area of Highway 101 prone to crashes.
Cops are awaiting official confirmation on Bryan’s identity from the medical examiner’s office, the outlet reported.
Bryan, who is from Reno, Nev., was reported missing last month when she didn’t return from a visit to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Redding, Calif.
Her final Instagram post Sept. 23 showed her enjoying the forest’s Hunt Hot Springs.
Bryan’s family became concerned when she didn’t show up to work Sept. 27 as planned.
“She’s a free spirit and would often travel alone,” said Bryan’s sister, Katana Curven, to NBC’s “Dateline” before the discovery. “But she would’ve let us know when she was coming back. She would’ve checked in with somebody.”