Missing Los Osos woman found injured from crash
September 16, 2012
By KAREN VELIE
A missing Los Osos woman was found injured in a barn near Ragged Point earlier today, a week after she crashed her truck into a light pole.
A man renting the barn discovered Suzanne Kay Smith, 59, taking refuge inside the structure. Emergency medical crews then transported Smith to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.
Smith’s niece, Barbara Quiroga, said her aunt is very dehydrated but in stable condition.
“It is a miracle that she was found,” Quiroga said. “I would like to thank Jim, the renter at the property, for his effort. Our family is so relieved.”
On Monday, Jora Landis reported that Smith, her neighbor of 16 years, was missing. The next day, officers discovered Smith’s wrecked truck north of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse and had the damaged vehicle towed away. However, they did not connect the accident to the missing person’s report filed earlier.
“We are puzzled by the length of time it took to make the connection,” Smith’s niece said. “The family had to put it together.”
Landis also wonders why officers did not look for a victim when they first discovered the wrecked truck off the road in a rural area.
“If they see a car accident, why do they not look for the person,” Landis said “Why did they not put it together when they found the wreck on Tuesday. I reported her missing on Monday. I am flabbergasted.”