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(Shartlesville) — Authorities say a midstate woman and a dog reported missing on a hike have been found safe.

State police in Berks County report that 52-year-old Beth Ann O’Neill of Leesport emerged from the Appalachian Trail near Auburn in Schuykill County on Monday morning. Authorities report that she and her dog are “fine” aside from a few scrapes.

O’Neill was reported missing shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday by relatives who said she arrived at the entrance to the Tom Lowe Loop trail in Upper Bern Township at about 3 p.m. Sunday but later said by cellphone that she had become lost somewhere on the trail.

Police said a large search team was assembled with aid from county agencies. State police canine and aviation assets were made available to help.