Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Run on, Jerika

Jerika went out for a run in February, 2018.  She never came home.

She was 24, and had had some troubles in her life, but was overcoming them.  Running helped, and she loved to run long distances.  That day she headed through town and into a canyon.  Phone pings tracked her in some places; she was seen on park wildlife cameras.  People looked, but there were no other signs of her.

There were theories.  Foul play, of course.  Animal attack.   An accident.  Nobody really thought she ran away from her life: she left everything at home except her phone.  Where was she?

Two weeks ago, a man hiking in a rugged ravine saw something and looked closer.  It wasn't abandoned clothing as he first thought.   He had found Jerika.  After over a year, she could finally be brought home.

No cause of death has been released yet, but she was found with broken bones in her leg.  It appears that she may have simply slipped and tumbled into the ravine.

I followed her story since she disappeared.  I kept checking for updates, hoping that somehow she would be found okay, even though I knew that was unlikely.  As an often solo  runner, I'm well aware of the dangers.  They don't scare me onto the treadmill or make me run with a posse.  The joy of running alone on trails is worth it for me.

I like to think that Jerika was happy as she ran along the deserted canyon trail.  She was young and fit and could run for hours.  I hope the end was swift.  I imagine her, still running, with that big smile she wears in most of her pictures.  Run on, Jerika, and be free.






7 comments:

  1. So sad....what a difficult year for her family and friends.

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    1. None of us think anything will happen to us while in the wild. BUT it makes me wish that runners, bikers and hikers in remote areas would carry an ELB like a SPOT in a small waist pack....if unable to make it out and cell phones don't work, EMS could locate the person in need of help.

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  2. Oh my! I think you posted about her before didn’t you? I’m glad you gave the update...so sorry it was such a sad ending!!

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    1. I might have, I'll look back. I've posted about missing runners who were murdered. It's so sad, her family has been grieving but now it's a whole new level for them.

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  3. I run alone too. I have tried running in groups, and it's just not the same. I don't enjoy it. This is so sad. I can't even imagine what her family has been going through. Not knowing must have been terrible, but then knowing she is really gone can't be any better.

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    1. I don't like running in groups either. Yes her poor family has been grieving for a year and now has to start all over, sort of. It must be terrible. I'm sure you hold out a tiny hope that the person might be alive somewhere.

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