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Woman, daughter found safe after getting lost in Phoenix-area desert

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PHOENIX — A woman and her preteen daughter managed to safely survive a cold night in the desert after getting lost in the West Valley, Goodyear police said Tuesday morning.

The unidentified woman called 911 late Monday to tell dispatchers she had driven into a ditch and the car was stuck. By the time police arrived, the car was empty.

Ground teams, police helicopters and Arizona Department of Corrections bloodhounds then began searching the area near the south end of Estrella Parkway.

The girl, 11, was found about a mile out into the desert and her mother was found a short while later, each in good condition despite not having blankets or an emergency kit in the car.

The overnight low in Phoenix was 40, but it is generally colder in the open desert.

A police spokeswoman said the family had just moved to the Valley from Utah and were out for a drive when they got lost.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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