Authorities Find Missing Florida Woman’s Car in State Park

by Michael Freeman

When someone goes missing, any possession or clue left behind is invaluable. In the case of a Florida woman who recently went missing, her car was discovered in a state park.

Fox News reported the story this morning, stating authorities found Paola Marie Miranda-Rosa’s car this week. Family members last saw the 31-year-old Osceola County resident at her home in Orlando. On Tuesday, local authorities stated they found her vehicle parked in Wekiwa Springs State Park, which is about 17 miles northwest of the city. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office posted about it on Twitter last night. Additionally, they ask people to be on the lookout for her.

“MISSING since 12/17: If you’ve seen Paola Marie Miranda-Rosa, 31, please reach out to @OsceolaSheriff,” the office tweeted. “Her car was located yesterday at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Orange County deputies are searching but if you live in the area and have seen her, please call 407-348-2222.”

Unfortunately, though deputies searched the area around the car, they couldn’t find Miranda-Rosa. Fox 35 released a report from the office as well, providing details about her and her past. Paola was last seen wearing a green or white shirt, along with blue jean shorts. Deputies also stated she suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Though she threatened to harm herself in the past, she did not do so this time.

As stated in the tweet, if anyone has information about the case or Paola, authorities request you call them at 407-348-2222.

Missing 3-Year-Old Claims Bear Protected Him While in the Woods

It’s a sad reality people go missing every day and many of them aren’t found. However, sometimes miracles do happen, like with the case of a missing 3-year-old surviving in the woods thanks to a bear protecting him.

The incident with Casey Hathaway occurred a few years ago but is memorable to this day. Hathaway was out playing in the woods at his grandmother’s home in North Carolina when it happened. He ventured a little too far into the woods and had to survive heavy rain, as well as freezing temperatures. While it sounds impossible for a 3-year-old, he attributed it to a bear keeping him safe.

“He made a comment about having a friend while he was in the woods – his friend was a bear,” David McFadyen with the Craven County Sheriff’s Office told CNN. “In the emergency room he started talking about what happened in the woods and he said he had a friend that was a bear with him while he was in the woods.”

Officials confirm the area is rife with bears, so it is possible, but it’s difficult to say how true it is. While bears are protective, even wildlife experts aren’t sure a small child being in harm’s way would incite their protection.

Either way, Hathaway came back safe and that’s what matters.