An 8-year-old girl walked for miles in the Georgia woods, attempting to find someone to help her dying mother after a car crash.
Unfortunately, after the young girl was discovered, her mother, Mandy Morehouse, was found dead.
Morehouse, 32, was driving with her daughter by Riceboro, Georgia, which is 48 miles south of Savannah, when she crashed into a ditch, according to WSAV 3.
After the crash, the duo exited the vehicle and started walking in the woods nearby but after a night in the wilderness, Morehouse became unresponsive.
The 8-year-old is alleged to have stayed by her mom’s side for another night before going on alone to get help.
According to Steve Sikes, Liberty County Sheriff, the 8-year-old “said her Mommy was unresponsive this morning and she knew that she needed to walk out somewhere.”
Sikes revealed that the young girl had walked between three and four miles before she was found around 2:30 p.m. by an off-duty EMT who was using a metal detector nearby.
The girl looked to be uninjured, aside from a few bug bites and scratches, WSAV 3 reported.
“She was very, very helpful,” Sikes said of the girl. “She’s a brave little girl and she’s to be commended for her part in finding her mother and bringing this thing to a conclusion.”
Sikes also noted how authorities were confused as to what Morehouse’s intention was in regards to walking through the woods.
“That’s a question that we’re going to have to follow up with,” he said, per WSAV 3. “We don’t really know at this point.”
The two were initially reported missing. The investigation is ongoing.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.